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disease, or other neurological conditions)
The most common symptoms of pneumonia are:
Other symptoms include:
The health care provider will hear crackles when listening to your chest with a stethoscope. Other abnormal breathing sounds may also be heard through the stethoscope or via percussion (tapping on your chest wall).
The health care provider will likely order a chest x-ray if pneumonia is suspected.
Some patients may need other tests, including:
If bacteria are causing the pneumonia, the doctor will try to cure the infection with antibiotics. It may be hard for your health care provider to know whether you have viral or bacterial pneumonia, so you may receive antibiotics.
Medical Management/ Medicines recommended for pneumonia-
Know about Medicines
Breathing warm, moist (wet) air helps loosen the sticky mucus that may
make you feel like you are choking. These things may help:
Coughing helps clear your airways. Take a couple of deep breaths two or
three times every hour. Deep breaths will help open up your lungs.
Tap your chest gently a few times a day and lie with your head lower
than your chest. This can help bring up mucus from the lungs.
If you smoke any tobacco products, STOP. Do not allow smoking in your
Drink plenty of liquids (as long as your health care provider says it is
With treatment, most patients will improve within 2 weeks. Elderly or
very sick patients may need longer treatment.
Those who may be more likely to have complicated pneumonia include:
Your doctor may want to make sure your chest x-ray becomes normal
again after you take a course of antibiotics. However, it may take many
weeks for your x-ray to clear up.
Possible complications include:
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