Congressman Ryan, local allergist discuss Clinton’s pneumonia

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks from her daughter’s apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling “overheated,” according to her campaign. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Recently, there has been a lot of talk about Hilary Clinton being diagnosed with pneumonia.

The Democratic presidential candidate got sick at the 9-11 memorial service in New York City on Sunday and her campaign says she was overheated and dehydrated, too.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has raised questions about Clinton’s health, but says he hopes she gets better.

On Monday, Congressman Tim Ryan discussed the hype around Clinton’s pneumonia situation.

“A lot of people get pneumonia, especially someone who is working day and night flying on a lot of air planes,” he said. “You’re going to get sick at some point. It’s an inconvenient time for it to happen given all the rumors and everything people have been trying to question. But I don’t have any sense at all that she’s not well, going to be well and going to be a great president.”

Dr. Asif Khan, an allergist in Youngstown, weighed in on Clinton’s situation as well. He spoke on Monday about pneumonia in comparison to walking pneumonia and fall allergies.

Symptoms of pneumonia, he said, involve a cough, fatigue, chest pain and often a fever. When it comes to walking pneumonia, the problems aren’t as severe. Khan said symptoms often times mimic allergies — like puffy eyes and hoarse throat — but both forms of pneumonia involve a treatment of antibiotics.

“I tell you what, if she had pneumonia, there’s zero chance she’d be talking in front of people, that’s absolutely true,” Khan said. “If it’s walking pneumonia, she’d look a little worse for wear, very difficult to have the energy to move literally from one state to another in one day. But looking at her, she does have the very common signs of fall allergies. So we’d have to see — we’d have to diagnose her.”

Clinton has canceled plans to go to California so she can get better.

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