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  1. Medical History for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

    Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and how many days you have had them. If he or she thinks you may have pneumonia,your doctor will want to know whether you have: A cough that brings up mucus (productive cough). Your doctor may ask you to cough up a sample of the mucus for testing. If your pneumonia is not caused by bacteria or a virus,your coughing may not bring up mucus (a ...

  2. Pneumonia - Cause

    Learn about viruses, bacteria, or (in rare cases) parasites or other organisms that cause pneumonia.

  3. Pneumonia - Treatment Overview

    Doctors use antibiotics to treat pneumonia caused by bacteria, the most common cause of the condition. You usually will continue to take antibiotics for 5 to 14 days, although you may take them longer if you have an impaired immune system.

  4. Pneumonia - Other Treatment

    In most cases of pneumonia in young, otherwise healthy people with strong immune systems, treatment can be done at home.

  5. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) - Topic Overview

    What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)? Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a lung problem. It happens when fluid builds up in the lungs,causing breathing failure and low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS is life-threatening,because it keeps organs like the brain and kidneys from getting the oxygen they need to work. ARDS occurs most often in people who are being treated ...

  6. Pneumonia - Medications

    Doctors use antibiotics to treat pneumonia caused by bacteria. Your doctor chooses an antibiotic after considering your age, your symptoms, how severe your pneumonia is, and other factors.

  7. Pneumonia - What Increases Your Risk

    You are more likely to develop pneumonia if you: Smoke. Cigarette smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing pneumonia in healthy young people.

  8. Pneumonia - Home Treatment

    Home treatment is important for recovery from pneumonia. The following measures can help you recover and avoid complications, such as further infection or a buildup of fluid in the space between the lung and chest wall (pleural effusion). While at home: G

  9. Pneumonia - Prevention

    There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent getting pneumonia. Stop smoking. Smoking makes it more likely you will get pneumonia. Avoid contact with people who have respiratory tract infections, such as colds and influenza (flu).

  10. Physical Exam for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

    When you visit your doctor for suspected pneumonia,he or she will check: Your heart rate. It may be faster if you have a fever or are dehydrated. Your temperature. You usually have fever in pneumonia. Your breathing. Fast,shallow breathing; difficulty breathing; and shortness of breath often are symptoms of pneumonia. Whether you have chest pain. Your oxygen level. Other symptoms,if ...

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