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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be mild or serious enough to require hospitalization. It occurs when an infection causes your lungs’ air sacs (called alveoli by your doctor) to fill with fluid or pus. It may be difficult for you to breathe in enough oxygen to enter your bloodstream as a result of this.

What are the general symptoms of pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia take a few days to appear which include:

  • Chest pain when you breathe or cough
  • Cough that produces phlegm or mucus
  • Fatigue and loss of appetite
  • Fever, sweating, and chills
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

What causes pneumonia?

Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The common causes include:

  • Flu viruses
  • Cold viruses
  • RSV virus (the top cause of pneumonia in babies age 1 or younger)
  • Bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia and Mycoplasma pneumonia

How pneumonia is diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects you have pneumonia, you will be asked to undergo a series of tests, including:

  • Tests to look for symptoms of a bacterial infection in the blood
  • An X-ray of your chest to determine the extent of the infection in your lungs.
  • Pulse oximetry is a technique for determining the amount of oxygen in your blood.
  • A sputum test to examine the fluid in your lungs for signs of infection.

Is pneumonia curable?

Pneumonia is curable however, the recovery time varies depending on the root cause of this condition. You might need a week off your daily routines, and you could still feel tired for a month.