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
Call911or other emergency services immediately if you:
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Difficult, shallow, fast breathing with shortness of breath
Call a doctor if your cough:
Frequently brings up yellow or green mucus from
the lungs and lasts longer than 2 days. Do not confuse mucus from your lungs
with mucus running down the back of your throat from your nasal passages
(postnasal drip). Postnasal drainage is not a worry.
Occurs with a
fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or
higher and brings up yellow or green mucus from the lungs (not postnasal
Causes you to vomit a lot.
than 4 weeks.
Also call your doctor if you have new chest pain (more than
just discomfort when you cough) that gets worse with deep breathing and if you
have other symptoms of pneumonia, such as shortness of breath, cough, and
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If
you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and
your doctor will decide what to do next.
You cough up
mucus that is running down the back of the throat from the
nasal passages (postnasal drip). But a cough in which the mucus is definitely
coming from the lungs rather than the nasal passages is a more serious problem,
and you should contact your doctor.
You have signs of the flu (high
fever, severe muscle aches or headache, and mild respiratory symptoms). For
more information, see the topic
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat