Viral Pneumonia (cont.)
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Viral Pneumonia Diagnosis
Your doctor will check your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. An oximeter, small clamp-like device, which looks like a clothespin, can 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.
Influenza A and B are usually diagnosed clinically, which means the symptoms give the diagnosis. Often screening lab tests can help with the diagnosis. These tests are usually taken from secretions from your nose to help identify the organism.
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