Like many common illnesses, pneumonia is typically simple to treat. However, under certain circumstances, this illness has the potential to develop into more severe conditions. Learn about pneumonia and what can increase your risk of developing complications so you can be prepared should symptoms arise.
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a disease with a variety of causes, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This disease occurs when the air sacs in your lungs become infected and potentially fill with pus. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Cough with phlegm or blood
- Loss of appetite
- Sharp chest pain when inhaling
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Shallow breaths
- Shortness of breath