How long does it take to get rid of pneumonia?

Not Medical Advice: It's hard to say how long it will take for you to get better. If you're young and in good health, you'll possibly get better sooner. If the pneumonia is discovered early and the infection doesn't spread, you'll possibly make a full recovery no matter how old you are.

  • If you follow your physician's advice and get treated straight away, you should start to feel better in around two days.
  • After 5-7 days you should be feeling much better. You should begin to feel more energetic, however you probably won't feel like you are back to normal. By this time in your disease, you shouldn't have a fever. Your appetite and your breathing will have improved even more. Your cough should be becoming better. You would be coughing less often, and the cough should hurt less, too.
  • It will take some time for you to feel as healthy as you did before you had pneumonia. If you are older or have another illness that affects your general health, it can take up to 3 months before you feel like you've made a complete recovery.
  • If you have another disease or your defenses against infection are lower for some other reason, then it is more possible to get complications. This indicates that your recovery will take longer.
  • If you are above the age of 50 or a smoker, you should ask your doctor if you need a follow-up x-ray to make sure that all the disease is gone from your lungs.

It's hard to fight something you can't easily detect. Pneumonia is treatable, but spotting the infection early is a challenge. The disease has multiple symptoms that can lead people to think their illness is nothing more than the common cold or flu. Learn more at the Chicago Tribune.

Updated on Thursday, May 01 2014 at 04:03AM EDT
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