Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Most cases are caused by infections from bacteria or viruses.
Pneumonia may be mild or very severe. If it is caused by bacteria, you will be treated with antibiotics. It might take a week to a few months to recover fully from pneumonia. It depends on how sick you were and whether your overall health is good.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 25, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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