Fast breathing, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, coughing up mucus and fever are several symptoms of bronchopneumonia, according to Healthline. Other symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches, headache, chills and sweating.
The symptoms of bronchopneumonia may manifest unexpectedly or develop slowly, notes Healthline. Viral bronchopneumonia typically shows flu-like symptoms and develops in a few days. Confusion or delirium is a common symptom in older individuals.
Bronchopneumonia results from viral, bacterial or fungal infection, and it affects the lungs and the bronchi, explains Healthline. The bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. In some cases, multiple bacteria cause bronchopneumonia. Viral bronchopneumonia, which is typically less severe, often results from the same viruses associated with the flu and colds.
Viral bronchopneumonia typically resolves without medical treatment within one to two weeks, states Healthline. Doctors may recommend antivirals to speed recovery and reduce the intensity of symptoms. To treat bacterial bronchopneumonia, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics that kill the bacteria responsible for the infection. This treatment improves a patient's condition within one to three days. It is essential for patients to follow the doctor's instructions to prevent the infection's recurrence.
Home care involves drinking lots of warm water, using a humidifier and taking some rest, says Healthline. Individuals with severe infections may require hospital admission, particularly if they are over 65 years old.