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Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs usually caused by an infection. Pneumonia often follows infection of the upper respiratory tract, and the main symptoms are fever, chills, pain in the chest, and labored breathing. Untreated, pneumonia can be deadly.

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1. Which doctor should I consult if I am suffering from Pneumonia?

You can consult a General Physician.

2. What are the common predisposing causes of Pneumonia?

a) Asthma b) Emphysematous lung c) Diabetes mellitus

3. What percentage of Pneumonia is caused by viruses?

50% are caused by viruses and are less severe than bacteria. Symptoms are milder than bacterial Pneumonia like cold, dry cough, headache, fever and weakness.

4. What is Pneumonia vaccine?

a) Given only once to protect an individual suffering from Pneumonia. b) Sometimes given in children increases risk (sickle cell anemia, nephrotic syndrome) or in absence of spleen, and is repeated again after 3-5 years.

5. Is there a cure for viral Pneumonia?

There is no effective cure for viral Pneumonia. It usually heals by itself. However bacterial Pneumonia if treated early with antibiotics has a good cure rate.

6. Can I continue to smoke if I have pneumonia?

It is advisable to stop smoking since it will further irritate the already swollen and inflamed lung tissue and the tracheo bronchial tree.

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