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  1. Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever - Topic Overview

    What are Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever? Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. This type of pneumonia is caused by bacteria called Legionella pneumophila. The bacteria can also cause a less severe,more flu-like condition known as Pontiac fever. The diseases caused by Legionella pneumophila are also called legionellosis. Legionnaires' disease generally affects people older ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Pneumonia - Topic Overview

    Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick. You may cough, run a fever, and have a hard time breathing. For most people, pneumonia can be treated at home. It often clears up in 2 to 3 weeks.

  4. 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.

  5. Pneumonia - Symptoms

    Pneumonia symptoms caused by bacteria in otherwise healthy people younger than 65 usually come on suddenly. Pneumonia symptoms often start during or after an upper respiratory infection, such as influenza or a cold.

  6. Pneumonia - When To Call a Doctor

    The faster you get treatment, the faster you will get over pneumonia. This is especially true for the very young, for people older than 65, and for anyone with other long - lasting (chronic) health problems, such as asthma.

  7. 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).

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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.

  10. Pneumonia - Cause

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

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