Pneumonia is a lung infection and is highly treatable especially if caught early. You can get pneumonia from common daily activities by breathing bacteria or virus into your lungs. Adults with mild symptoms, thinking they have a cold or flu, may actually have "walking pneumonia". Pneumonia is of greatest concern in adults with compromised immune systems, older adults, babies, and people with chronic diseases such as; asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These populations can become very ill.
Diagnosis and Treatment Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and may order X-Rays and blood tests. Tests may also be taken to determine if mucus from your lungs contain bacteria. Antibiotics may be given for pneumonia caused by bacterial or as a preventative measure for viral pneumonia. Patients with pneumonia should sleep, rest, and drink plenty of liquids.
Prevention Stay healthy, manage stress, exercise, wash your hands often, and avoid other people with colds, flu, measles and chicken pox. Pneumococcal and Flu vaccines are recommended for children and older adults.
SymptomsCough, fever, fast breathing and shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, fast heartbeat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
When to See a DoctorSee your doctor if you have severe or persistent symptoms, you cough up yellow, green or rust-colored mucus, you have a fever, or you vomit a lot.
Seek emergency medical care if you have trouble breathing, cough up blood, have chest pain, or feel faint when you sit or stand.