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Bacterial Pneumonia Staphylococcus Overview

Another name for Bacterial Pneumonia Staphylococcus is Staphylococcus Pneumonia.

What is staphylococcus pneumonia?
A person with staphylococcus pneumonia has inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with the bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus. The inflammation causes fluid to collect in the lung, which can prevent oxygen from entering the bloodstream. Those with influenza are at risk for developing bacterial pneumonia. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in those with influenza.

What are the symptoms of staphylococcus pneumonia?
Common symptoms of staphylococcus pneumonia include a cough, difficulty breathing, and fever. Additional symptoms include fatigue, coughing up yellow or bloody mucus, and chest pain that worsens with breathing.

How does the doctor treat staphylococcus pneumonia?
Treatment for staphylococcus pneumonia may include rest, antibiotics, inhaled medication, cough medication, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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