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1. What are the early signs of Pneumonia?
Symptoms associated with pneumonia include tiredness and low energy levels, nausea and vomiting, mainly in young children, difficulty in breathing and rapid breathing with shallow breaths, cough with greenish or yellow mucus, chest pain which worsens while coughing, confusion, loss of appetite, and fever, chills and sweating.
2. What causes Pneumonia?
It can be caused by several microorganisms like bacteria and bacteria-like organisms, fungi and virus. However, bacteria are the most common causative factors. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is also commonly observed.
3. What is the recovery period in Pneumonia?
The recovery period varies from person to person and on the type of pneumonia. Some individuals feel better in a week while some can even take a month. Many people feel exhausted and ill for at least a month. Doctor can tell you if it is okay to continue with your regular routine. He may suggest some follow up tests like an x-ray to ensure that you are completely treated and there is no relapse.
4. Is Pneumonia fatal?
Yes, it can be fatal in some individuals. However, a majority of healthy individuals recover within a period of 1-3 weeks.
5. When should one consult a doctor during Pneumonia?
Consult a doctor if you have a cough for a long time or any of the following symptoms such as pain in the chest, chills, difficulty in breathing and fever of 102°F or higher temperature.