Prompt diagnosis is vital; in association with the NHS.

MOST cases of pneumonia develop quickly over a period of 24 hours, and the symptoms may vary depending on the cause of illness.

In older people, the symptoms may be vague, for example the temperature may be only slightly raised or even normal. Confusion may be the only clue something is wrong. Symptoms can range from mild to life threatening. They include:

Cough, producing unpleasant sputum;

Chest pain from coughing;

Difficult or painful breathing;

Sudden onset of high fever;

Sweating and shivering;

Nausea and vomiting;

Muscle aches and pains;


Prompt diagnosis of pneumonia is vital. For all types of the illness, painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can ease pain and fever, however ibuprofen is not recommended if you have asthma, kidney or liver disease.

Bacterial pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics. For viral pneumonia, the treatment is similar to that of flu with rest and plenty of fluids.

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