How Is Pneumonia Diagnosed?
It's hard to diagnose pneumonia because the symptoms are variable, but they're similar to influenza (flu) and other viral illnesses.
To diagnose this lung infection, doctors do a test and try to find out what kind of bacteria is causing the illness. As soon as you feel the symptoms, the first thing to do is call your doctor. Once you get to the clinic, your doctor will perform tests and process your medical history.
Your doctor will do a physical exam to test your lungs. First, they will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If you have pneumonia, your lungs may make crackling, bubbling, and rumbling sounds when you inhale.
Once you know what kind of pneumonia you have, it’s easy to take medications prescribed by your doctor to treat the illness. While talking to someone face-to-face during recovery, you should always cover your mouth with a handkerchief or wear a mask as the infection is very contagious. It's best to stay quarantined until you have recovered.
After you've recovered from the infection, it may take some time to go back to normal as you may still feel weakness, dizziness, etc. For some people it can take a week or two to recover, and for others it can take months. Adequate rest is essential at this time. While you're recovering, it's important to keep yourself comfortable, contact loved ones to help keep your spirits up, and eat well to nourish your body.