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When should I call my doctor for pneumonia?

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Call your doctor if you have a cough that won’t go away or you’re coughing up pus. Other symptoms that could spur a call include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fever that stays at 102°F or higher
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath as you go about your day
  • Trouble breathing

From: Is It Bronchitis or Pneumonia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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