Pneumonia is a type of lung infection that can affect people of all ages, but is most common in young children and older adults. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi that invade the lungs, and can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Symptoms of pneumonia can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain, weakness, and fatigue. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

Treatment for pneumonia usually involves antibiotics or antiviral medications, as well as rest, fluids, and supportive care. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.

The best way to prevent pneumonia is to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with sick people, and staying up-to-date on vaccinations. Flu and pneumonia vaccines are especially important for people who are at higher risk, such as young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems.

If you suspect you have pneumonia or have been diagnosed with it, make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and take all prescribed medications as directed. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most people with pneumonia can make a full recovery.