Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a severe chest infection that affects your breathing — our respiratory experts can diagnose and treat you

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Pneumonia is a severe chest infection that requires treatment. It normally occurs because of swelling tissue in your lungs. This happens as a result of a bacterial infection and affects your breathing. There are a range of symptoms you may experience, such as coughing and a rapid heartbeat. Our respiratory experts can help to diagnose and treat you.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of pneumonia icon plus

    Symptoms you may experience if you have pneumonia include:

    • a dry cough that produces blood-stained phlegm
    • breathing difficulties
    • chest pain
    • fever/sweating and shivering
    • feeling unwell
    • loss of appetite
    • muscle and/or joint pain
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant may be able to diagnose pneumonia by firstly asking about your symptoms. They can then listen to your chest with a stethoscope, Other tests that can be taken include:

    • chest X-ray to assess
    • lung or chest abnormalities
    • mucus and/or blood tests
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Treatment options might include:

    • a course of antibiotic medication
    • recommendations about resting and check-up appointments

    If you experience more severe pneumonia, you may need to stay in hospital for closer monitoring during your recovery. This may include being placed on a ventilator to assist your breathing.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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