Signs & Symptoms of Pneumonia

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Signs and symptoms of pneumonia include a persistent cough, a fever above 102 degrees, chest pain, chills and sweats. Learn about the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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This episode is on signs and symptoms of pneumonia. Some of the things that you would look for is it's like a cold or flu, persistent cough, fever of a 102 or above, shortness of breath, chest pain, chills and sweats. And there are several types of pneumonia that you might want to look out for; it's bacteria, then you've got the, that's diagnosed with blood cultures. There's a viral pneumonia, mycoplasma and a fungal. So there are different types of pneumonias and they're diagnosed by your doctor ordering the correct testing; but your presentations of the things that I mentioned are what you're looking for and sometimes they can be very confusing with other things, you might just disregard it. But if you've got a fever that should tell you something that something's going on and you're probably going to need treatment, not just to decrease the fever, but you, will end up with an antibiotic and to be able to treat that infection in your lungs.

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