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Community Acquired Pneumonia — Premier

Joshua Strommen MD, FACEP

In 2015 Influenza and Pneumonia combined were the 8th most common cause of death in the United States. Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue itself. The constellation of symptoms associated with pneumonia (cough, fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing) is a common reason for seeking medical care.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) can be the result of bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. A few conditions that predispose someone to get pneumonia are smoking tobacco, chronic alcoholism, recent influenza infection, advanced age, and diabetes.

How is Pneumonia diagnosed?


How is pneumonia treated?

The treatment for pneumonia is either oral or intravenous antibiotics for approximately 5-7 days. Additionally, the most common cause of CAP is Streptococcal pneumonia, which there is a vaccine for. This vaccine has had clear success in preventing invasive pneumococcal infection.

Pneumonia can be a dangerous diagnosis that has identifiable risk factors and symptoms. At PremiER, we have the ability to diagnose and treat pneumonia with X-rays, blood work, and oral or IV medications.