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Pneumonia - Symptoms,Signs and Treatment

March 07, 2011  by: Justeen  Points: 5   Category: Health  Earning $0.25   Views: 790

Inflammation of the lungs due to infection is called pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by viruses or bacteria.



Inflammation of the lungs due to infection is called pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by viruses or bacteria.Viral pneumonia is due to adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus or a coxsackie virus. The most common bacterial pneumonia is Pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumonia may also be caused by a mycoplasma (an organism that is intermediate between a bacterium and a virus).

Symptoms and Signs :

Symptoms and signs include fever, chills, shortness of breath and a cough that produces yellow - green sputum and occasionally blood.

Treatment :

The drugs prescribed depend on the causative microorganism. They may include antibiotic drugs or antifungal drugs. Aspirin or paracetamol may be given to reduce fever. Oxygen therapy and artificial ventilation may be required.


Author: Dr. Simran Kaur        
Posted Date: 03/30/2011    Points:1    

Right said Justeen, treatment depends on the type of infecting microorganism, therefore, casue should be properly enquired.

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