You’re more at risk of pneumonia if you have a lung condition. Find out how to protect yourself against pneumonia and what you can do if you get it. 


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What is pneumonia? Causes, symptoms and risks

Pneumonia is a type of chest infection. We look into the symptoms, causes and risks. Learn more here.
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How is pneumonia diagnosed and treated?

Find out how pneumonia is diagnosed and treatments available.

Recovering from pneumonia

Most people make a full recovery from pneumonia. On this page, find out what you can do to help your recovery.
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How do you prevent pneumonia?

On this page we go over some things you can do to reduce your risk of pneumonia.
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What is pneumonia in children?

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. It can affect one or both lungs. Your child may develop it after a cold or flu.
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What are the treatments for pneumonia in children?

The treatment for pneumonia will depend on whether it is caused by bacteria or a virus. Many children can be cared for at home, but some may need to be treated in hospital.

Call 999 if:

  • you’re struggling to breathe
  • you’re coughing up blood
  • your lips, tongue or face turn blue
  • you feel cold and sweaty, and your skin is pale or blotchy
  • you have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • you collapse or faint
  • you become confused or very sleepy
  • you’ve stopped peeing or are peeing a lot less than normal.

Get support

Call or WhatsApp our Helpline for support with your condition. Get advice on your medicines, symptoms or travelling with a lung condition, or just call us to say hello.

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