By: Bradley Feather


Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs.


The general symptoms of bacterial pneumonia can develop quickly and may include:

  • chest pain
  • shaking chills
  • fever
  • dry cough
  • muscle aches
  • nausea/vomiting
  • rapid breathing
  • rapid heartbeat
  • difficulty breathing


In most cases, respiratory viruses can cause pneumonia, especially in young children and the elderly.

Bacterial pneumonia can affect anyone at any age. It can develop on its own or after a serious cold or flu. The most common cause of bacterial pneumonia is streptococcus pneumoniae.


Antibiotics have no effect on viruses and will kill bacteria only if that particular strain of

bacteria is susceptible to the antibiotic drug being used. Also, the dose of the antibiotic must be high enough and must be given long

enough to kill the bacteria involved in the pneumonia. Bacteria can develop resistance to certain antibiotics and this resistance can be

transferred from one generation of bacteria to the next. Therefore, strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria can develop.