What if I do get pneumonia?


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Antibiotics for acute bronchitis (Cochrane Review)
11/06/2004

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What if I do get pneumonia?


If your doctor suspects that you may have pneumonia they will probably prescribe you antibiotics. Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lung tissue. It is either caused by bacterial infection or inhalation of irritant substances. Most cases of pneumonia are caused by the streptococcus pneumococcus bacteria so are usually treated with antibiotics. See the NHS Direct and Netdoctor websites for more information.


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Date of Posting: 21/06/2004
Date of next Review: 21/06/2005


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MeSH keywords:
Pneumonia; Antibiotics


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