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I have bacterial pneumonia, are the symptoms similar to viral pneumonia?
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, usually
Bacterial pneumonia varies by the type of bacteria as does viral pneumonia.
In general, however, both present with a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough.

In brief: Yes, usually
Bacterial pneumonia varies by the type of bacteria as does viral pneumonia.
In general, however, both present with a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Yes
Often difficult to decide which one see lung doc asap.

In brief: Yes
Often difficult to decide which one see lung doc asap.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
Bacterial & viral pneumonias can be very hard to distinguish on the basis of symptoms alone.
Your doctor may order some blood tests, cultures & xrays to help make that determination. Treatment should be prescribed by your doctor based on your clinical history, examination & test results. It is also important to remember that bacteria can sometimes cause secondary infection in viral illnesses.

In brief: Yes
Bacterial & viral pneumonias can be very hard to distinguish on the basis of symptoms alone.
Your doctor may order some blood tests, cultures & xrays to help make that determination. Treatment should be prescribed by your doctor based on your clinical history, examination & test results. It is also important to remember that bacteria can sometimes cause secondary infection in viral illnesses.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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