How serious is pneumonia?
• If you’ve been diagnosed with pneumonia, you should take it seriously and take care of yourself.
• Most people with pneumonia recover with antibiotics and rest. However, about 1 in 5 adults with pneumonia need to be treated in hospital, and people with severe infection may require intensive care and life support measures.
• Severe pneumonia can lead to death, especially for the elderly, young children, or people with other medical problems.
• Pneumonia is often a short-term illness but sometimes it can last longer, or get worse before it gets better. Most of the time, however, people experience a full recovery.
• Usually no permanent scarring or damage to the lungs results if you do not have another lung or immune problem. However, there is always some risk of lung damage from a serious infection.
• Some people who have had pneumonia may need to go for follow-up x-rays or lung function tests.
Source: American Thoracic Society