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When To Call a Doctor
The faster you get treatment, the faster you will get over pneumonia. This is especially true for the very young, for people older than 65, and for anyone with other long-lasting (chronic) health problems, such as asthma.
Call a doctor immediately if you have:
Call a doctor if your cough:
Also call your doctor if you have new chest pain (more than just discomfort when you cough) that gets worse with deep breathing and if you have other symptoms of pneumonia, such as shortness of breath, cough, and fever.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next.
Home treatment may be appropriate if:
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat pneumonia include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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