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Bacterial Pneumonia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is bacterial pneumonia?

Bacterial pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria. Your lungs become inflamed and cannot work well. Bacterial pneumonia germs are easily spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or has close contact with others.

The Lungs

What increases my risk for bacterial pneumonia?

What are the signs and symptoms of bacterial pneumonia?

How is bacterial pneumonia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms and examine you. You may need any of the following tests:

How is bacterial pneumonia treated?

Treatment depends on what caused your bacterial pneumonia and how bad your symptoms are. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage bacterial pneumonia?

What can I do to prevent bacterial pneumonia?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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