Symptoms and Treatment for Pneumonia

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that causes inflammation in one or both of your lungs. Many germs can cause pneumonia, but the three most common causes are bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Interestingly, inhaling a liquid or chemical can also cause this infection. And although anyone can get pneumonia, children younger than two years of age, adults over the age of 65, and individuals with other health conditions are particularly at risk.

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What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?

Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain when you breathe or cough, fatigue, fever, sweating, and chills are a few of the common signs and symptoms of pneumonia. Each of these may vary from mild to severe depending on the type of germ responsible for the infection, your age, and overall health. Symptoms of pneumonia are commonly mistaken for a cold or the flu, but the main difference is how long they last.

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

After a comprehensive review of your medical history and a detailed physical exam, we will be able to determine whether or not you have pneumonia. Chest X-rays and blood tests are also helpful in accurately determining whether or not pneumonia is the correct diagnosis, as well as the bacteria responsible for your specific infection.

How does ID Care treat pneumonia?

Each treatment for pneumonia depends on the cause. Because our specialists have an in-depth understanding of the way certain bacteria work in the body, we will prescribe the most effective antibiotics for your treatment. If a virus causes your pneumonia, rest and plenty of liquids may be the best medicine for you.

How can I prevent pneumonia?

The best way for you to prevent pneumonia is by washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask when cleaning dusty or moldy areas, and not smoking.