PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How do you diagnose viral pneumonia?

ANSWER

Your doctor’s diagnosis will depend on how severe your infection is. If you have mild symptoms, your doctor may suggest blood tests or a chest X-ray.

If your symptoms are serious, and you're 65 or older (or an infant or young child), your doctor might collect fluids. She may also put a camera down your throat to check your airways.

From: Viral Pneumonia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What is the treatment for viral pneumonia?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.