This six-page handout educates people about pneumonia, which is an infection in one or both of the lungs caused by bacteria, virus, or chemical. It describes signs and symptoms of pneumonia and discusses its care, outlining diagnosis with a physical exam, chest x-ray, and sputum culture, and treatment with antibiotics. The document recommends ways to limit a person's risk of pneumonia, and to protect others from infection. It identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately.
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