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Antibiotics are the main treatment for bacterial pneumonia. A type of penicillin is often used to treat pneumonia, so it’s important to tell your GP if you’re allergic to penicillin. If you can’t have penicillin you will be offered other effective antibiotics instead.
If your symptoms are severe your GP may advise you to go to hospital.
If you have pneumonia it can take weeks or months to feel completely back to normal. But, most people will make a good recovery. How quickly you get better depends on how severe your pneumonia was, your age and your general health.
If you have diabetes, you're more likely to get complications from infections like pneumonia and flu. Because of this, you’ll be offered pneumonia vaccinations.
If your child has diabetes, they’ll be offered pneumonia boosters.
If you or your child (over two years) has any kind of diabetes, your GP will also offer you the flu jab each year.
Yes; it’s often better for someone in a nursing home with pneumonia to be treated there by qualified nursing staff. Older people transferred to a hospital for treatment of mild pneumonia may not recover as well as if they stay in familiar surroundings. Pneumonia can cause confusion in older people and this may lead to distress and disorientation.
Atypical pneumonia is the name of a particular type of pneumonia not caused by the bacteria that usually cause pneumonia. Even though this type of pneumonia is called atypical, it isn’t uncommon. Atypical pneumonia tends to occur most frequently in young adults, especially when they live or work closely together.
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