Pneumonia Not By: Osiel Aldaba

What is pneumonia?

You've always seen it in the movies, but what really is it? Simply put, its an infection of the lungs.

The lungs then can fill up with pus and / or other fluids making it difficult for the alveoli to reach the bloodstream. This in severe cases can lead to hospitalization, but sometimes you don't even know you have it! This is known as walking pneumonia.

Causes

Pneumonia can be caused by a variety of reasons including viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Pneumonia can also be caused by the common flu! One of the most common ways people get pneumonia is by influenza!

Pneumonia can also be caused by RSV (Respiratory Syntactical Virus) and Spretococcos

Signs and Symptoms

Pneumonia can be easy to spot with the obvious symptoms, but some of these symptoms are shared with other diseases, so tread carefully when self diagnosing.

fever

chills

cough

fast breathing

wheezing

trouble breathing

chest or abdominal pain

loss of appetite

vomiting and dehydration

Treatment

You can treat pneumonia in a variety of different ways. You can use antibiotics, cough medicine, fever reducers and pain killers. Be sure to contact your primary physician before initiating any treatment plan

Prevention

One of the main causes of pneumonia is the common flu, and we have a vaccine for that! Get your flu shot every year and your defenses will be up! You can also get a pneumococcal vaccine which fights against the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. But one of the easiest ways to prevent pneumonia is easy. Just wash your hands!

Wash your hands!
Thanks for watching and don't get pneumonia!

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