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Pneumonia can be acquired in various ways:

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Community-acquired Pneumonia

Contracted outside of healthcare settings or hospitals, often from bacteria or viruses present in the environment or transmitted from person to person.

Hospital-acquired Pneumonia

Develops during a hospital stay, often affecting people on ventilators or those with weakened immune systems.

Aspiration Pneumonia

Occurs when food, drink, saliva, or vomit is breathed into the lungs, usually in individuals who have difficulty swallowing or impaired consciousness.

Treatment for pneumonia depends on its cause and severity. Mild cases can be managed at home with rest, plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter medications to manage fever and discomfort. More severe cases, especially those caused by bacteria, may require antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare professional.

Pneumonia prevention strategies include vaccination (such as the pneumococcal vaccine and flu shot), good hygiene practices, avoiding tobacco smoke, and seeking medical care for respiratory infections that don't improve. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial in managing pneumonia and preventing complications.