Pneumonia 2018-02-23T08:37:40-06:00


Walking Pneumonia?

Over 50,000 Americans Die of Pneumonia Every Year

Pneumonia occurs when the air sacs in the lungs are inflamed and infected.  Furthermore, the air sacs may fill up with mucus and other fluids, causing coughing symptoms, with phlegm and fever, and difficulty breathing.  It can range from mild to life threatening and is most serious in infants and adults over the age of 65, with weaker immune symptoms.

How To Prevent Pneumonia

Protect yourself! Think about a pneumonia vaccination this year. Over 59% of adults over the age of 65 receive them annually.  This doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get it, but it helps immensely.

Causes of Pneumonia

  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Symptoms of Pneumonia

  • Chest pain
  • Chills, sweating and fever
  • Cough, accompanied by mucus or phlegm
  • Fatigue
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakened immune system and lower body temperature

Symptoms of Pneumonia in Infants & Newborns

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing and eating
  • Fever
  • Restless or tired and without energy
  • Vomiting

When To See A Doctor

  • If you have a newborn or infant displaying these symptoms
  • If you have these symptoms and are above the age of 65
  • If you have a weakened immune system from chemotherapy or other medications

Treatment For Pneumonia

Your doctor will most likely begin by treating the infection with medication, specifically antibiotics and antiviral medications to treat viral pneumonia.  Aspirin and cough medicine may also be used for fever and cough. And lastly, your doctor will most like take a follow up x-ray a few weeks after treatment to make sure the lungs are no longer infected.


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