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Is restriction of oral food and water necessary while undergoing treatment for pneumonia?

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Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020
Question: my mother in law is in hospital, she has pneumonia, they are saying no food or water by mouth, just by IV or pneumonia wont go away?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

Pneumonia needs antibiotics.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Pneumonia is caused by infection mostly bacterial infection.

And treatment of pneumonia is antibiotics.
For severe infection, antibiotics are given through intravenous route (IV).

Intravenous antibiotics work rapidly and more effectively.

So when patient is having severe pneumonia and critically ill like hypotension, need ventilator support etc then, better to give antibiotics through iv route.

Sometimes oral food and water are also restricted if patient's sensorium is not good or possibility of aspiration pneumonia is there.

So better to follow doctor's advice.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further.
Wishing good health to your mother in law.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (2 days later)
Hi, they want to put a breathing tube in my mother in law? what are the risks? her breathing has been up to 35 bp 139/45 oxygen 90 she still has the pneumonia also they did a cat scan and found a mass on the ovary
thank you
ANOTHER QUESTION, THE DOCTORS ARE SAYING IF THEY PUT A BREATHING TUBE IN, THEY WILL NOT TAKE IT OUT THEY FEEL IF THEY TAKE IT OUT SHE WILL GO INTO CARDIAC ARREST,
HAVE NOT RECIEVED ANSWER FOR 4 HOURS?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Breathing tube is must if patient is critically ill.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

She is having respiratory rate of 35 which is very high.
She is also having low oxygen saturation.
She is still having pneumonia. So her breathing system is compromised due to pneumonia.
And she needs support in breathing.
And die thus mechanical ventilation is required. And for this breathing tube should be placed.
So better to follow doctor's advice Because she is critically ill.
Risks fir all these are very high. Weaning difficulty, barotrauma, secondary infection, tracheostomy etc are complications of this.
But at present, breathing tube and mechanical ventilation are life saving for her and hence it should be done.
What about ovarian mass?
Is it malignant looking?

Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better.
I will be happy to help you further.
Wishing good health to your mother in law.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is restriction of oral food and water necessary while undergoing treatment for pneumonia?

Brief Answer: Pneumonia needs antibiotics. Detailed Answer: Hello, Pneumonia is caused by infection mostly bacterial infection. And treatment of pneumonia is antibiotics. For severe infection, antibiotics are given through intravenous route (IV). Intravenous antibiotics work rapidly and more effectively. So when patient is having severe pneumonia and critically ill like hypotension, need ventilator support etc then, better to give antibiotics through iv route. Sometimes oral food and water are also restricted if patient's sensorium is not good or possibility of aspiration pneumonia is there. So better to follow doctor's advice. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your mother in law. Thanks.