Pneumonia News

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by a virus, bacteria, fungi or other environmental exposure. It's a serious illness that requires professional medical treatment. Most healthy people with pneumonia recover within one to three weeks, but it can be life-threatening in some situations.

Most of the time, the lungs do a good job filtering out intruders so that pneumonia does not develop. But in the case of a severe illness or when immunity is compromised, the air sacs in the lungs can get inflamed. This leads to a variety of complications that cause pneumonia.

Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most commonly seen symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chills. People with pneumonia may also experience fatigue, confusion, headaches, sweating and a sharp pain when breathing. Over time, pneumonia can lead to a lack of oxygen in the blood, which causes other alarming symptoms like blue lips or confusion and deliriousness. That’s why it's important that those with pneumonia be under the care of a doctor.

Prevention and Treatment

The steps for preventing a pneumonia infection are similar to those for preventing the flu. In fact, flu is a common cause of pneumonia, so getting a seasonal flu shot is important. It's also important to wash hands frequently and avoid others who are sick.

The treatment for pneumonia varies based on the type. For example, bacterial pneumonia can be treated with common antibiotics, but viral pneumonia cannot. Most healthy people with pneumonia, however, will benefit from rest, fluid intake and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. In some cases, cough suppressants should be avoided, as they can keep mucus in the lungs that should be coughed up in order to relieve pneumonia symptoms.

In more serious instances, pneumonia may require hospitalization. There, a person might receive oxygen therapy and other breathing treatments to keep safe while recovering from pneumonia.

SOURCE:American Lung Association

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3/21/2017
Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant

Rhinovirus far more worrisome in those with weakened immune systems, researchers say

2/2/2017
Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure

Doctors should consider high-dose vaccine for those over 65, study suggests

11/17/2016
Kids Can Beat 'Complex' Pneumonia Without IV Antibiotics: Study

Drugs taken by mouth were just as effective for children after hospital discharge

10/27/2016
Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Twice annual visits reduce bacteria that can cause pneumonia, researcher says

10/14/2016
Protein in Breast Milk May Reduce Hospital Infections in Preemies

Lactoferrin is safe for newborns and might prevent pneumonia and meningitis, researchers say

9/23/2016
Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Bacteria found in plumbing may sicken thousands each year, study suggests

9/13/2016
Clinton: 'I Didn't Think It Was Going to Be That Big a Deal'

She says she's feeling 'much better' after pneumonia diagnosis, but ignored her doctor's advice to rest

9/12/2016
Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia: How Serious, the Prognosis

Her case probably not dangerous, doctors say, with rest, antibiotics the typical treatment

4/13/2016
Lung Ultrasound May Be Best to Spot Pneumonia in Kids: Study

Avoided radiation exposure of standard chest X-rays, and didn't miss any cases

2/9/2016
VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

Death rates for three major conditions are similar to non-VA medical centers

1/14/2016
Smokers With Pneumonia at Risk for Lung Cancer: Study

Chest scans a cost-effective strategy to screen this population, researchers say

12/3/2015
Health Tip: Who Gets Pneumonia?

Age and health affect your risk

10/5/2015
Flu Vaccine May Also Protect Against Pneumonia

Study suggests about 57 percent of hospitalizations for flu-related pneumonia might be prevented

9/22/2015
Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

More liberal admission policies could benefit these patients, researchers say

8/10/2015
Steroids May Help Speed Pneumonia Recovery, Study Finds

But a prospective, rigorous trial may be needed before standard therapy changes, expert says

7/15/2015
Viruses, Not Bacteria, Reponsible for Many Pneumonia Cases: Study

But cause of most cases is never identified, CDC reports

3/6/2015
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

Lung problems before age 3 may have enduring impact, study says

3/3/2015
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

But more research is needed before scientists say anticholinergics cause the infection

2/25/2015
Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

Bug that causes common cold, other infections often to blame, study finds

2/3/2015
Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says

Vaccinations need to be given a year apart, expert recommends

1/27/2015
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

But study found overall rate was under 4 percent

1/20/2015
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study

Findings underscore value of preventive vaccines

1/6/2015
ICU Infections Among Elderly Tied to Higher Death Rates After Discharge

Intravenous line infections and ventilator-related pneumonia among most common problems, study says

12/4/2014
Kids Who Were Preemies More Vulnerable to Flu Complications: Study

Current guidelines don't identify them as a high-risk group, but they should, researchers say

11/6/2014
Newer Pneumonia Vaccine for Kids Beats Older Version: Study

Almost 30 percent fewer kids under 2 hospitalized for serious lung infections

10/22/2014
Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime

Study says sleeping with false teeth may raise risk of pneumonia

10/10/2014
Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts 'Superbug' Infection: Study

Cases of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia, meningitis fell after pneumococcal shot introduced in 2010

10/8/2014
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC

Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains, researchers say

9/19/2014
Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

A vaccine, and the right antibiotic, may guard against a direct attack on heart cells, researchers say

8/15/2014
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia linked to risk in study, but not asthma, tuberculosis

8/4/2014
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids

About a third of children admitted to hospital for these infections develop respiratory issues, study finds

6/4/2014
Cancer, Heart Disease Not Likely Killers of Those Over 100

Instead, 'acute' illnesses like pneumonia or sheer frailty bring about the end for the very old, study finds

6/3/2014
Antibiotic Lowers Death Risk for Elderly Patients With Pneumonia: Study

But azithromycin boosted chances of heart attack slightly in this vulnerable population

3/26/2014
Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

3/3/2014
Sleep Apnea Might Raise Pneumonia Risk: Study

Disrupted nighttime breathing makes getting fluid into the lungs more likely, researchers explain

1/22/2014
Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients

1/14/2014
When a Common Cold Becomes More Dangerous for Kids

New study clarifies risk factors for lung disease

1/7/2014
Temporary Fever May Occur When Kids Under 2 Get 2 Shots at Once

Higher risk for a day or two if flu and pneumococcal vaccines given together, study finds

1/3/2014
Daycare Surfaces May Hold Germs Longer Than Thought

Even well-cleaned cribs were contaminated with bacteria that can cause illness, study found

12/11/2013
Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose, Study Finds

People who carry staph can transmit life-threatening infections in hospital setting

10/9/2013
Efforts to Improve Intensive-Care Outcomes Produce Mixed Results

Studies found statins, different IV fluids made little difference, but beta blocker may protect heart during severe septic shock

9/19/2013
Medical Harm Occurs in Nearly 43 Million Hospital Cases Each Year

Review focused on seven facets of poor care worldwide

7/16/2013
Signs of Potential Trouble for Nursing Home Residents

Multiple hospitalizations for dehydration, certain infections raise risk of death, study finds

7/11/2013
Infant Vaccines Also Protect Seniors Against Pneumonia: Study

It's one of the most dramatic examples of 'herd immunity' seen in recent years, researchers report

6/24/2013
Vibativ Approved for Certain Bacterial Pneumonia

Only when other treatments aren't suitable

5/20/2013
Living Near Major Roadways in Pregnancy Tied to Respiratory Woes in Children

Infants may have higher risk for conditions like pneumonia, study found

3/22/2013
Pneumonia May Lead to Serious Aftereffects for Seniors

Study of patients hospitalized for condition found higher risk of mental decline, disability

3/5/2013
Report Details Steps to Boost Patient Safety

Leadership is needed for change to occur, experts say

2/12/2013
For Hospitals, Lowered Death Rates May Not Mean More Readmissions

Study finds patients who survive heart attacks, pneumonia aren't just returning as inpatients soon after

2/11/2013
China's Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock May Threaten Human Health

Much higher levels of antibiotic-resistance genes found at pig farms in study