2. Besides the cough and fever that I am experiencing, are there other symptoms I should watch out for?
Yes, it is possible that you will experience other symptoms similar to upper respiratory tract infections. They include:
• Labored breathing
• Chest pain
• High respiration and heart rate
• Cough with yellow or green sputum
• Muscle and joint pain
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea and vomiting
• Unsteady movements
• Low blood pressure
3. How long will I take to recover?
Recovery time depends on the acuity and type of pneumonia you have apart from your medical history and line of treatment prescribed by the doctor for you. By and large it can take anytime from three to six weeks for your lungs to clear of the infection. However, your symptoms of cough may take longer to disappear. Older persons and asthmatics take longer to recover from pneumonic conditions.
4. What treatment will be prescribed for me and for how long?
Your treatment depends upon the type of pneumonia you are infected with and the severity of your condition. The duration of drug administration also depends upon the response of your system to the medication. It may be changed mid-way to suit the progress of recovery. It depends upon your doctor after regular checkups. Here is an outline of medicines that may be prescribed either alone or in combination, based on the cause of your pneumonia, location of infection, age and health history. Dosage, duration, timings, side-effects, allergies and hypersensitivities are to be checked with your doctor.
For bacterial Pneumonia, medicines can include:
• Clavulanic Acid
With Viral Pneumonia, it can be caused by any of these viruses: respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, adenovirus, hantavirus, parainfluenza virus or cytomegalovirus. Any or a combination of any of the medicines mentioned below are prescribed in treating viral pneumonia: