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Does pneumonia ever go away on its own? i had a horrible cough, chills and clammy skin. i was going to go to the doctor after a few days, but the symptoms started getting better and im almost recovered now. did i have pneumonia, or was it probably someth

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Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Certainly : Certainly pneumonias can go away on their own. Before the era of antibiotics, people survived bacterial pneumonia. Today, some pneumonias are caused by viruses without any effective treatment other than supportive care. It is certainly possible that you had a pneumonia, but you could have also had a virus like influenza which can cause the symptoms you experienced. Depending on your circumstances, such as underlying conditions like diabetes or heart disease, it still may be wise to see your primary care physician to make sure that things have resolved.
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes: Most pneumonias are caused by viruses and they will be self limited meaning they will get better over time as your own immune system kicks in. Even bacterial pneumonias may get better without treatment, but will often respond more quickly with treatment with an appropriate antibiotic.
Last updated Jan 17, 2019


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