Streptococcal pneumonia (formerly called pneumococcal pneumonia) is an infection and inflammation of the lungs. It is a common type of bacterial pneumonia. Streptococcal pneumonia is not usually contagious.
Streptococcal pneumonia is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. It often occurs after an upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or the flu.
Your health care provider will review your symptoms and examine you. Your provider will check for fever or fast breathing. He or she will also listen to your lungs. The following tests help detect pneumonia.
They also help your provider know what medicine you need:
In many cases, streptococcal pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics at home. Your health care provider may prescribe medicine you can take by mouth or may arrange for you to have intravenous (IV) medicine at home or in the emergency room. You may need to stay in the hospital if:
If you are hospitalized:
Usually you will begin to feel better after 2 to 3 days of antibiotics. If you are an otherwise healthy person, you should feel close to normal after a week or so. If you are over 60 years old or have other medical problems, it may take longer to feel normal.
Follow the full treatment prescribed by your health care provider. Rest until you no longer have a fever, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Follow your health care provider's orders regarding activities such as school, work, or recreation. Drink more liquids (water, tea, or fruit juice) every day to help you cough up mucus more easily. Drink at least 2 quarts of liquids unless your health care provider has given you different instructions.
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