Viral Pneumonia (cont.)
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Viral Pneumonia Symptoms
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Most viral pneumonias have the following symptoms in common:
Symptoms of pneumonia caused by a virus other than influenza usually go on for several days to a few weeks before you call your doctor. Most people with bacterial pneumonia and influenza get sick very quickly and see a doctor within a few days.
When to Seek Medical Care for Viral Pneumonia
Go to your hospital's emergency department or call your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms:
Viral Pneumonia Diagnosis
Your doctor will check your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. A pulse oximeter (a small clamp-like device, which looks like a clothespin) may be put on your finger to check your blood oxygen level. Your doctor will examine you and specifically listen to your heart and lungs to help determine the cause of your symptoms and the severity of your illness. If it is possible that you have pneumonia, you will probably have an X-ray of your chest.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2016
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