Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

How can the flu cause pneumonia?

While there are many causes of pneumonia, one cause is the flu, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia in adults, and many types of bacteria can cause pneumonia, according to the NIH. Bacterial pneumonia sometimes occurs on its own, and other times it is caused by a cold or the flu.

If you have the flu, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding antihistamines, not smoking and avoiding alcohol are all good ways to help avoid having the flu turn into pneumonia, according to the American Lung AssociationOff Site Icon.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how the flu can cause pneumonia.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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