There are many symptoms of pneumonia, and some of them, like a cough or a sore throat, are associated with many other common infections. Often, people get pneumonia after they've had an upper respiratory tract infection like a cold.
Types of Pneumonia
Depending on the type of causes of pneumonia, it is classified as
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Viral Pneumonia
- Fungal Pneumonia
- Bronchial Pneumonia
- Mycoplasma Pneumonia
- Aspiration Pneumonia
- Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
- unusually rapid breathing
- difficulty breathing
- chest or abdominal pain
- loss of appetite
The symptoms of pneumonia vary from person to person, and few people get all of them.
Some people with pneumonia need to be hospitalized to get better — usually babies, young kids, and people older than 65. However, hospital care may be needed for a teen who:
already has immune system problems
has cystic fibrosis
is dangerously dehydrated or is vomiting a lot and can't keep fluids and medicine down
has had pneumonia frequently
has skin that's blue or pale in color, which reflects a lack of oxygen
When pneumonia patients are hospitalized, treatment might include intravenous (IV) antibiotics (delivered through a needle inserted into a vein) and respiratory therapy (breathing treatments).