Pneumonia Abby McKenna

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection where lung tissue can fill with pus and other fluid, which makes it difficult for oxygen in the lung's air sacs (alveoli) to reach the bloodstream.

Causes of Pneumonia

  • Viruses ( commonly influenza and RSV)
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Using a ventilator
  • Being in a hospital for an extended period of time

Signs and Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Diffuculty breathing
  • Chills
  • Fast breathing
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Exhaustion
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Wheezing
  • Confusion or changes in mental awareness (in adults age 65 and older)
  • Lower than normal body temperature (in adults older than age 65 and people with weak immune systems)

Treatment

  • Vaccines
  • Given antobiotics
  • Cough medicine
  • Pain/fever relievers
  • Resperatory therapy
  • Severe cases are treated in the ICU

Preventing Pneumonia

  • Vaccinations
  • Following good hygenine habits
  • Taking good care of your medical problems
  • Quitting smoking
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Abigail Mckenna
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