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.
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.
Your doctor will usually diagnose pneumonia by using your medical history, a physical exam, and a chest X - ray. Based on the medical history and physical exam, your doctor may start your treatment right away without doing other tests. The need for more t
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.
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).