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Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)

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​1. What is Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)?

CAP is an infection of the lungs in a person who has not been hospitalised recently

​2. Who is at Risk?

You are at greater risk if you:

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3. Symptoms of CAP

  • ​Cough with or without phlegm
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever
  • Tiredness

4. When Should I Seek Further Treatment?

Symptoms may persist for up to 2 weeks.
Please return to the Emergency Department if you experience the following:

  • Increased breathing difficulty
  • Worsening cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fever that does not get better

5. What Treatment can I Expect?

  • Antibiotics to fight the infection
  • Other medications may be given to control symptoms such as cough, fever and pain
  • An intravenous (IV) drip may be given to keep you hydrated

6. What Happens After I am Discharged From the Hospital?

  • Ensure that you complete your course of antibiotics
  • In about 6 weeks’ time, you will be asked to have a chest X-ray

How can I Reduce my Chances of Getting CAP?

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