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Is pneumonia common in college students?

Is pneumonia common in college students?

In the college student population, pneumonia is most often considered “community acquired pneumonia.” Most commonly it is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. It can occur independently or develop from a cold or flu.

Can you get pneumonia if you’re not sick?

While fever is a common symptom of pneumonia, it’s possible to have pneumonia without a fever. This can occur in specific groups, such as young children, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system. Pneumonia can be caused by a variety of germs, some of which are contagious.

Can pneumonia cure itself?

Viral pneumonia is a complication of the viruses that cause colds and the flu. It accounts for about one third of pneumonia cases. The virus invades your lungs and causes them to swell, blocking your flow of oxygen. Many cases of viral pneumonia clear up on their own within a few weeks.

What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?

Typical pneumonia manifests with sudden onset of malaise, fever, and a productive cough. On auscultation, crackles and bronchial breath sounds are audible. Atypical pneumonia manifests with gradual onset of unproductive cough, dyspnea, and extrapulmonary manifestations. Auscultation is usually unremarkable.

How are chest X-rays used to diagnose pneumonia?

Chest x-ray in cases of typical pneumonia shows opacity restricted to one lobe, while x-ray in atypical pneumonia may show diffuse, often subtle infiltrates. Together with the characteristic clinical features, newly developed pulmonary infiltrate on chest x-ray confirms the diagnosis.

Can a pulmonary infiltrate be a sign of pneumonia?

A newly developed pulmonary infiltrate on chest x-ray in a patient with the classic symptoms of pneumonia confirms the diagnosis! Typical pneumonia usually appears as a lobar pneumonia on x-ray, while atypical pneumonia tends to appear as interstitial pneumonia.

What should my CURB-65 score be for pneumonia?

CURB-65 score 0 or 1: The patient may be treated as an outpatient. CURB-65 score ≥ 2: Hospitalization is indicated. CURB-65 score ≥ 3: Consider ICU level of care. CRB-65 score of 0: The patient may be treated as an outpatient. CRB-65 score of ≥ 1: Hospitalization is recommended.