Pneumonia is a severe lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. When you have pneumonia, you may experience fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. While anyone can get pneumonia, it can be life-threatening in people under age 2 or over age 65, people with weakened immune systems, or people with weakened lungs.
A chest X-ray can show infection in your lungs.
Your physician can take a blood sample to examine in a lab. Your physician will look for bacteria, viruses, or fungi in your blood that may be causing your pneumonia.
Your physician may swab your cheek or throat from a sample of your mucus. Your mucus may have bacteria, viruses, or fungi in it that helps your doctor identify the cause of your pneumonia.
Pulse oximetry helps your doctor monitor how much oxygen is in your blood. Pneumonia can make it hard for oxygen to enter your blood. If there is not enough oxygen, you may need respiratory support.
Vaccines for the flu and pneumococcal pneumonia can help prevent common infections that cause pneumonia. However, you can still get pneumonia from other types of infections.
If you have severe pneumonia, you may need care in the hospital. Your physicians can help support your body as it fights the infection with fever-reducing medicines, intravenous (IV) fluids, and respiratory support.
If your pneumonia is caused by bacteria, antibiotics may help stop the infection.
If you have more mild pneumonia, your doctor may suggest you take fever-reducing medicines and cough medicines to manage your symptoms while your body fights the pneumonia.
Nebulizers can be used to breathe in saline or medicines deep into your lungs. They can help fight infection or help loosen up mucus so you can cough up germs.
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