Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pneumonia Bacterial Overview

Another name for Pneumonia Bacterial is Bacterial Pneumonia.

What is bacterial pneumonia?
A person with bacterial pneumonia has inflammation and swelling of the lung, caused by an infection with bacteria. The inflammation can cause fluid to collect in the lung, which can prevent oxygen from entering the bloodstream. There are two main forms of bacterial pneumonia: community-acquired pneumonia and hospital acquired pneumonia. Any bacterial pneumonia that develops in the hospital is generally a more serious infection.

What are the symptoms of bacterial pneumonia?
Common symptoms of bacterial pneumonia include cough (usually produces thick colored or blood-streaked mucus), breathing difficulty, and fever. Other symptoms include weakness, chills, nausea, and chest pain that worsen with breathing.

How does the doctor treat bacterial pneumonia?
Treatment for bacterial pneumonia includes rest, hydration, fever control, and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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