Pneumonia is the term we use to describe an infection within the tissues of the lung. The infection can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or even in rare cases fungi. The treatment for pneumonia depends on which agent is causing the infection. Many cases of pneumonia are viral. A viral pneumonia can make you feel pretty sick for a few days with fever, cough, and generalized fatigue. Viral pneumonia goes away on its own. Bacterial pneumonia, if left untreated can make someone a lot sicker. Without antibiotics bacterial pneumonia can result in a blood infection, or even an abscess in the lung. Both of these are considered life threatening illnesses. Thus, if you are having symptoms of pneumonia, you should be evaluated by a doctor right away.
I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician
(such as a family doctor
or internal medicine doctor
). He or she can take a more detailed history of your symptoms and perform a thorough physical exam. If your doctor is concerned about pneumonia, you may need to get a chest x-ray. If the chest x-ray shows an area of infection, you will need to take antibiotics. Good luck, and I hope you feel better.