How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Pneumonia?

Are you, your friend or someone in your family fighting Pneumonia? Do you know what causes Pneumonia, when do the symptoms start appearing and how long does it take to get rid of Pneumonia?

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a kind of lower respiratory infection that causes inflammation in one or both the lungs. There are more than 30 different causes, which can trigger Pneumonia. It is vital to accurately identify the cause in order to administer the right treatment of Pneumonia.

How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Pneumonia?

How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Pneumonia?

After one gets affected with the organism which causes pneumonia, it can take anywhere between a day to 10 days for symptoms to surface. For healthy people suffering from pneumonia, it is like a case of general illness, which takes at most a fortnight to get cured. However, some symptoms of Pneumonia such as cold, cough and running nose may continue to affect the patient for longer duration. Older people and individuals who are already suffering from other diseases take much longer to recover. The recovery period is said to be at least 6 to 8 weeks long.

What Are The Symptoms Of Pneumonia & How Soon Do The Symptoms Appear?

Certain common symptoms of Pneumonia are fever, chills, cough, breathlessness, palpitations, fatigue, weakness, chest ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Pneumonia is detected through chest X-rays, physical examination and other tests such as arterial blood gas test and is ideally treated with antibiotics. Nebulizers and inhalers are also administered to provide relief to pneumonia patients suffering from breathing problems.

Once the bacteria, virus or fungi that are responsible for causing Pneumonia enter the human body, it may take some time before the symptoms begin to appear. In certain cases, it can become apparent in the small duration of 1 to 3 days. For others, it may take weeks before the pneumonia infection manifests itself. How long before pneumonia symptoms appear is greatly determined by the organism that causes the Pneumonia. If Pneumonia is accompanied by flu, one may experience its symptoms within 12 hours post exposure to the flu virus. Sometimes it may even take up to 3 days for Pneumonia symptoms to surface. In case of walking pneumonia, symptoms may take weeks to show up.

What Are The Factors Which Play A Role In Getting Rid Of Pneumonia?

The time taken to get rid of pneumonia depends on certain factors. How severe the pneumonia is and how long it takes to get rid of pneumonia depends on:

The Health & Age Of The Individual: Individuals who are aged, suffer from ill-health and who are recuperating from illness are more susceptible to acute Pneumonia and hence it takes relatively longer for them to get rid of pneumonia and get their health back in shape after the pneumonia bout. The aftermath of such cases may result in medical complications, such as septicaemia (bacteria throughout the body) or in the bloodstream (bacteremia). A young and healthy adult or adolescent whose immunity system is stronger recovers faster than other pneumonia patients.

The Cause of Pneumonia: Bacteria or Virus: A study has revealed that viral pneumonia is less life threatening than bacterial pneumonia and is less severe too. So getting rid of viral pneumonia is relatively easier.

How Fast the Pneumonia was Treated: As in the case of general illness, it is advisable to get pneumonia treated at the earliest, preferably at the point when its symptoms are first discovered to get rid of it sooner.

Patient’s Immune System: The level of immunity in an individual’s body is also a major factor on which the recoverability of pneumonia depends. The stronger the immune system, better the chances are for a quicker recovery from pneumonia.

Word of Advice for a Pneumonia Patient

The diet of a Pneumonia patient should be strictly monitored. It is advisable for them to consume healthy and nutritious food during the recovery period from pneumonia. Habits and practices, such as smoking tobacco and consumption of alcohol should be avoided. A good amount of rest and optimum number of sleeping hours is a mandate for pneumonia patients. These precautionary measures also help in minimizing the possibility of post recovery complications.

To sum it up…..

Hence, it is apt to say that a person should take proper precautions to avoid suffering from pneumonia. All causes that play a significant role in the person catching a pneumonia virus should be immediately recognized and dealt with. Like a general fever, it is understood that even in the case of pneumonia, one should be more proactive than reactive in the avoidance, recovery and post recovery period of pneumonia.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 19, 2018

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