- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with pneumonia?
When caring for someone with pneumonia, make sure the person gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids. If the doctor has prescribed drugs, be sure the person takes them on schedule and finishes the whole prescription. Be aware of any health issues... Full Answer
- Q What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung condition in which the small air sacs (alveoli) and surrounding tissue become infected. In some instances fluid or pus occupy the air sacs. Pneumonia may manifest itself via severe coughing, abnormally high or low body temperature,... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my eosinophilic pneumonia?
You should talk with your doctor about eosinophilic pneumonia if your conditions are severe, including extreme shortness of breath. In some, mild cases, the condition improves on its own. But if it develops into an extreme form called acute eosinophilic... Full Answer
- Q Can pneumonia be prevented?
Pneumonia can't always be prevented, but vaccination can help keep you from getting it and make the illness milder if you do get sick. An annual seasonal flu shot can help keep you from getting the flu, which can turn into pneumonia. The... Full Answer
- Q Is pneumonia one of the common types of bacterial infections?
Pneumonia is a common type of bacterial infection, but a virus or fungus can also cause it. Although bacterial pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics, drug-resistant strands of this infection are increasing. As with all bacterial infections,... Full Answer
- Q Is pneumonia serious?
Pneumonia is a serious illness for anyone. It can be even more serious for the elderly, who are more likely to develop complications and may die from pneumonia. For people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart failure,... Full Answer
- Q How common is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is common. Every year, between 5 and 10 million Americans get it. Of those, many will need to be hospitalized. Although most people who get pneumonia get well, every year more than 50,000 people die from it. Full Answer
- Q How is pneumonia diagnosed?
It can be difficult to diagnose pneumonia, with its cold- and flu-like symptoms. To decide if you have pneumonia, your doctor will use a stethoscope to monitor your lung activity. Your doctor may also order a chest x-ray. While this test provides... Full Answer