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What are the symptoms of bacterial pneumonia? fever of 102-105°F or above (fever lower than 102°F in older persons) Older adults will share all the symptoms with younger adults, but are much more likely to experience confusion and dizziness. Older adults may also be less likely to have a fever.What are the common causes of bacterial pneumonia?
Streptococcus pneumonia is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia. It can enter your lungs through inhalation or through your bloodstream. There is a vaccination for this type. Haemophilus influenzae is the second most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. This bacterium may live in your upper respiratory tract.What is the most effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia?
Some cases of bacterial pneumonia will require hospitalization for treatment. Young children and the elderly are more likely to need to go to the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics, medical care and respiratory therapy. In the hospital, you’ll be given antibiotics to treat the specific type of bacteria causing your pneumonia.How is bacterial pneumonia diagnosed?
Take a blood culture, which can help determine if the bacteria have spread to your bloodstream and also help identify the bacterium causing the infection. Take a sample of mucus, or a sputum culture, to identify the bacterium causing the infection. Order chest X-rays to confirm the presence and extent of the infection.