Pneumonia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Pneumonia

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is spread by infected people who carry the germs in fluid droplets in their throats, noses, or mouths. The infected person coughs the germs into the air. one breathes in the germs or comes in direct contact with the infected person’s saliva or mucous by touching something. It is possible to catch pneumonia from someone who does not know he is sick. 

Bacterial pneumonia and viral pneumonia are contagious. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets in the air can pass it on to others. The flu is highly contagious and can be a precursor to pneumonia.

Other forms of pneumonia are less contagious to healthy individuals or not contagious at all.

Symptoms:

  1. Cough
  2. Fever
  3. Chills
  4. Labored Breathing
  5. Chest Pain
  6. Increased Heart Rate
  7. Fatigue
  8. Nausea
  9. Diarrhea 
  10. Bloody Mucus
  11. Sweating / Low Body Temperature

Who is at risk?

Treatment:

For most people, pneumonia is treatable with prescription medication (e.g., antibiotics), with all symptoms vanishing in a few weeks. However, for babies, seniors, and those with other medical conditions, pneumonia can cause hospitalization with serious symptoms.

There are ways to lower your risk of getting pneumonia. They include:

Vaccines: First off, getting the flu shot is key to preventing pneumonia. There are also vaccines that protect against many types of pneumococcal bacteria. It is recommended for infants, young children, adults over 65, and some other people at risk for pneumococcal disease.

In order to help stop the spread, Clinica Medica Familiar is NOW offering Telemedicine (Telehealth/video call). Please call us at 520-257-4907 to explain more details of this awesome service we are now providing. 

 

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