There are many questions about pneumonia after Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton became ill at a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday. Dr. Chad Vokoun is an internist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and says there are two types of pneumonia – bacterial and viral.
Dr. Vokoun says, “The hallmark of pneumonia is a fever, productive cough and you will have lab and x-ray findings that hope to confirm the diagnosis. Only the bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics. There some anti-viral medications for viral pneumonia but they are just for a couple of viruses. I’d tell any patient with pneumonia to rest.”
The symptoms are typically more severe with bacterial pneumonia and that is when the patient has high fevers. Low grade fevers, a productive cough, muscle aches and exhaustion are symptoms of both varieties. Pneumonia is more dangerous in young children and the elderly.