Pneumonia is a pulmonary condition that causes inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs. Infection from viruses and bacteria, certain drugs, and chemicals that irritate the lungs are all potential causes. Pneumonia can affect just about anyone, from infants and children to adults and the elderly. Depending on the cause of the infection, pneumonia can be treated effectively -- as long as the individual receives a diagnosis in time. Anyone experiencing multiple symptoms of pneumonia should seek medical advice and begin treatment.
Most people with pneumonia develop a fever at some point during their illness. The fever may be mild or high, depending on which germ is responsible for pneumonia. If the fever is mild, over-the-counter medication may be enough to provide relief. In milder cases, it may take two to three days for fever to subside, even with medication. A fever of more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit should prompt a visit to the doctor.
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