What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Pneumonia is going around this week.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating cases of it.

Symptoms are the same for bacterial and viral pneumonia, though if it's caused by bacteria, the symptoms show up quickly.

Symptoms include:
--Fast breathing or feeling short of breath
--Shaking and teeth-chattering chills
--Chest pain
--Fast heartbeat
--Feeling very tired or weak
--Nausea and vomiting

Older adults will usually be confused or delirious.

For most people, pneumonia can be treated at home. It often clears up in two to three weeks.

Older adults, babies, and people with other diseases can become very ill and may need to be hospitalized.

Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia.

If caused by a virus, rest, drink lots of fluids, and don't smoke.

Pneumonia is most common in those with weaker or compromised immune systems, elderly people, cigarette smokers, alcoholics and people suffering from other diseases like the flu.

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