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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long is it before streptococcal pneumonia clears?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
2 to 3 days: Sometimes longer, provided antibiotics are being administered. Some cases can be resistant to treatment. Although it is usually easy to treat, it can be deadly.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Depends how sick: In a patient who did not need to be hospitalized , usually most people will start to feel better after 3-5 days of antibiotics and be close to normal in about a week. In a patient needing to be hospitalized, they may take much longer, depending on how sick they are. So a patient who becomes critically ill from pneumonia may take weeks or even months to fully recover from potential complications.
Last updated Mar 26, 2013

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