Most cases of viral pneumonia improve on their own in 1-3 weeks; however, the cough and tiredness can sometimes last for weeks to months. Antibiotics can't treat viral pneumonia.
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|National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) The NHLBI provides the public with educational resources relating to the treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases as well as sleep disorders.|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC (the national public health institute of the United States) promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.|
|American Lung Association The mission of this group is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Contact the group at: American Lung Association|
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|Word! Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, usually caused by viruses or bacteria.|
|Pneumonia Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by different types of germs, most commonly viruses. Read about the characteristics of various types of pneumonia.|
|Lungs and Respiratory System Each day you breathe about 20,000 times. Find out more about the lungs and breathing process.|
|Flu Center The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.|
|Flu Center Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.|
|Adenovirus Adenoviruses account for about 10% of acute respiratory infections in kids and are a frequent cause of diarrhea.|
|Flu Center Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.|
|Walking Pneumonia Many kids with this milder version of pneumonia feel well enough to go to school. But it's important to keep kids home until after treatment kicks in and symptoms improve.|
|Pneumonia Pneumonia is a common lung infection that can usually be treated without a hospital stay.|
|Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection in a person's lungs. Find out more in this article for kids.|
|Respiratory Syncytial Virus Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this contagious infection.|
|X-Ray Exam: Chest A chest X-ray is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to take a picture of a person's chest, including the heart, lungs, diaphragm, lymph nodes, upper spine, ribs, collarbone, and breastbone.|
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