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Bay County, Fla. -

Dr. Hatem Mourad from Coastal Urgent Care and Family Medicine says pneumonia is going around.

Dr. Mourad says pneumonia can cause the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Shaking
  • Chills

Dr. Mourad says you should see a doctor as soon as possible if you have those symptoms.  The doctor will do a physical exam and possibly a chest x-ray.  Blood tests and lab tests on the mucus can also be helpful in diagnosing pneumonia. 

Dr. Mourad explains that treatment includes:

  • Antibiotics
  • Oxygen to help with breathing
  • Plenty of rest
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Fever-reducing medicines

Dr. Mourad says to prevent pneumonia:

  • Avoid germs
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use alcohol hand rubs
  • Certain vaccines