Pneumonia: common sickness in area emergency rooms

Published: Sep. 12, 2016 at 5:40 PM CDT
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Doctors with Mayo Clinic Health System say they see pneumonia quite frequently in our area, diagnosing patients several times a week.

Often times, symptoms are similar to a common cold or allergies, leaving you short of breath or with a cough.

And if not treated or treated correctly, pneumonia can reoccur.

“The elderly are certainly more at risk and if they have all these conditions, pneumonia can be very serious and it can be life-threatening,” said Sue Cullinan, M.D., with Mayo Clinic Health System. “For the average young person, antibiotics usually take care of it and it isn’t a life-threatening condition.”

Cullinan says if you do have symptoms of pneumonia that rest is best and to take it easy. She adds if symptoms do worsen, to seek medical attention.