About Symptoms of Streptococcus Pneumonia

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Symptoms of streptococcus pneumonia include a fever, chills, headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, disorientation and a stiff neck. Find out how a physician can diagnose streptococcus pneumonia through blood tests or sputum cultures with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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I'd like to talk to you about symptoms of Streptococcus Pneumonia. It's caused by bacteria; the symptoms include fever, chills, headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, disorientation; sometimes even a stiff neck. As I said, it's better known as streptococcus pneumonia and the diagnosis is that the physician would order testing on your blood or your spinal, spinal fluids or he could, get a sputum culture. Most often you're going to see a sputum culture in chest x-ray and you're also going to see that the patient is going to be treated with antibiotics and it's usually penicillin. As you can see that some of these symptoms can be confused, perhaps with other disorders. But when you see all of these together, you will normally see a bacterial pneumonia caused by streptococcus pneumonia.

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