Hospitals or long-term care facilities aren’t the only risks for pneumonia. You can also get pneumonia from the community – from bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites that can get into your lungs. Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) can be mild, severe, or can even lead to death.
The symptoms of CAP include coughing which produces yellowish or greenish sputum, sharp and stabbing chest pains, rapid breathing, and sharp pains in the chest. Among its less common symptoms include coughing up blood, excessive fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and a rapid heartbeat.
Treatment of CAP involves a certain kind of antibiotic that kills infecting microorganisms in the lungs. Some patients get treated through oral medications while some need to get hospitalized. The doctor’s decision will depend on the severity of the infection.
A less common form of pneumonia, fungal pneumonia is caused by fungi. Those infected with this type of pneumonia have compromised immune systems. These include people who:
- Have undergone an organ transplant
- Are going through chemotherapy
- Have HIV
- Have been exposed to fungi such as those who work with bats and rodents, gardeners, or construction workers
Symptoms may include fever and cough, similar to other types of pneumonia.
Other Types of Pneumonia
There are, of course, other types of pneumonia; however, these are less common. Some of these types of pneumonia may require bed rest or medications, while some may require you to go to the hospital for treatment.
Like other forms of chronic diseases, pneumonia is not easy to diagnose or treat.
It entails check-ups and tests to diagnose and involves various medications to treat the viruses, bacteria, or fungi in your lungs.
So the next time you experience any of the pneumonia symptoms listed above, consult your doctor immediately.
Learn more about pneumonia, here.