What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Symptoms of pneumonia include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and fever.
What causes Pneumonia?
Common causes of pneumonia include but are not limited to:
- Legionnaire’s Disease
- Rhinovirus infection
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)
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How do we Diagnose Pneumonia?
- Cat Scan
- Chest X-Ray (CXR)
- Lab Tests
How do we treat Pneumonia?
The treatment for pneumonia depends on if its cause is bacterial or viral in nature. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed for the treatment of a bacterial pneumonia. However, in severe cases that require a hospital stay, intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nebulizers, steroids, and oxygen therapy may be the course of treatment. With viral pneumonia, hospital stays are more infrequent, and it can usually be treated with over the counter pain medications and rest at home. Pneumonia vaccines are also offered and provided to older, high-risk patients looking to prevent the disease.