The doctor insisted that the pneumonia is not caused by a virus but by bacteria. The x-ray shows a larger infected lung area 5 days after I was first diagnosed but the doctor says it is sometimes normal, even after taking two antibiotics intravaneously (Avelox and Doribax) and that I should be getting better. Is this possible? Thank you!
I am only guessing but the reason that the bacteria didn't show up in a culture could be that if you are already on antibiotic when tested, the "bug" might not show up in blood, while it still in your lungs. The second could be that the infection is in your lungs only and not in your blood in levels that can be tested. I take it you are not getting better? It does take several days for the antibiotic to kick in, but you should start feeling better. The infiltrates you are talking about could be what they cause "difuse" which means that the infection is breaking up, but you still have some left over. This does not mean you still have your infection, but rather the antibiotics are working or have worked. You can have this "haze" in your lungs for several months before it is total absorbed by you body, but you don't have an active infection. I hope this makes sense. Good Luck.
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