Re: Help....Pneumonia....I am panicking!!!
Pneumonia is a pretty common infection of the lungs, and is normally treated as an outpatient with antibiotics. It takes about 2 days for the antibiotics to start working, then you should see gradual improvement over the course of a couple of weeks. Your fever should be gone in 2-3 days, and mucus should gradually clear up. This should go away, but it often takes about a month before people regain their strength. It is contagious, so you caught it from someone else who was coughing. It normally is not too serious in a person your age, but be sure to take all the medicine, and get a follow up xray when the Dr. requests, to make sure it has cleared up completely. It can cause shortness of breath, so take it easy, no strenous activity, just quiet rest as needed, and that will get better as the infection subsides. Be sure to call Dr. if you get worse or are not improving at least a little in 3-4 days, before weekend. Once this clears completely, be sure to ask about a pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine for this fall.
Last edited by ladybud; 09-10-2012 at 08:23 PM.
Reason: Added info about vaccine