Bacterial Pneumonia (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
When to call the doctor
- If you have a fever and cough up yellow, green, or brown sputum, make an appointment with your doctor.
- If you have shortness of breath, chest pain, or confusion, you should seek emergency care.
- If you are healthy, you can safely make an appointment to see your doctor. It is best to contact your physician if you have concerns about possible pneumonia.
When to go to the hospital
- If you have shortness of breath, you should always seek emergency care. Shortness of breath is not simply the feeling that you can't take a full breath;
shortness of breath means that you cannot take in enough air to meet your body's needs. It is a potentially serious symptom and always requires a visit to an
emergency department, no matter how healthy you are.
- If you have chest pain or confusion, you should seek
- You are at higher risk of developing pneumonia if you have the following:
- a chronic health problem, such as
- a poor immune system because of
use, or immune-suppressant medications (people with organ transplants take these medications);
- diseased or damaged lungs, such as with asthma or emphysema;
- are very young or very old;
- or you have had your spleen removed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2015
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