Pneumonia Signs And Symptoms
Each year, approximately 5-10 million people contract pneumonia. Of these 5-10 million, 1 million wind up with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization.
Treatment for pneumonia is done with antibiotics, and total bacterial pneumonia recovery time takes approximately 7-10 days. Drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy diet, breathing exercises, and following up with your doctor all help to minimize the duration of the infection.
The following are signs and symptoms of pneumonia to be on the lookout for :
Mucus Producing Cough – Mucus cough, also known as sputum cough, may have distinct coloring (green or tinted with blood), and is often experienced in cases of pneumonia.
Fever – At the onset, your body attempts to fight the infection through generating additional T-Cells. This additional work the body has to do, in addition to the infection itself, causes your body to overheat/have a fever.
Chills – Chills are most often experienced along with fever as an accompanying side effect of the fever causing you to sweat.
Chest Pain – Chest pain in the wall of the lungs that gets worse when breathing in.
After the first day of antibiotic treatment, the infection is usually reduced to a level that can’t be spread contagiously.
What Are The Causes Of Pneumonia?
Bacteria virus and fungi that collect in the air we breathe are a frequent cause of pneumonia. When large collections of bacteria collect in a living /work space (or any area where extended periods of bacteria/virus/fungi exposure occur), the immune system weakens because of the unhealthy environment. Contracting bacterial pneumonia then becomes a genuine risk and can develop over a course of time.
Contrary to popular belief, pneumonia is often present in the air we breathe, we just don’t get sick from it because our immune system is able to fight it off naturally. A clean living environment, healthy diet, and a lifestyle rich in exercise all help to keep us strong and resistant to disease.
Pneumonia is an opportunistic infection. Meaning, if you have a weakened immune system due to drug therapy, poor living conditions, pre-existing disease, or other reasons, you’ll be more vulnerable to contracting pneumonia.
People get sick from pneumonia the most often not because of a SINGLE contributing factor, but from MULTIPLE factors combining to form an opportunistic environment where infection thrives/multiplies.
Example : A history of bad eating habits, dirty cat litter boxes, dirty floors and walls, moldy brick dust, and a moist basement environment is an example of an environment where good health can’t prosper and infection can take hold.
What Are Some More Pneumonia Risk Factors?
Dirty, wet, moist, and moldy conditions increase the risk and severity of pneumonia.
A sedentary lifestyle without exercise combined with an unhealthy diet.
Smoking and/or hereditary lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.
Infants (less than 1 year of age), are especially vulnerable to pneumonia because they’re immune systems aren’t fully developed yet.
Patients taking medications are at a higher risk, as drugs designed to treat specific conditions weaken the immune system’s ability to fight disease. The drugs treat the original condition, but often have side effects that increase infection risk.
Recreational drug use increases the risk for many types of infection (including bacterial pneumonia).
Age. As we get older, our immune systems become less able to fight infection.
Physical contact with people already sick from pneumonia is one of the most common ways this disease is spread.
Some Facts About Pneumonia To Help Keep You Safe
- A Clean Living Environment And Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Pneumonia Risk – If you know you’re at risk for getting sick from pneumonia, it helps to keep your situation in perspective and know what your options are for the best chance at survival.
For example, knowing your living or work environment is dirty prompts you to take the best care of your body that you can. Cleaning frequently to achieve a healthy living space helps immensely. This means putting forth all the effort you can to clean, but at the same time not overexerting yourself.
Hydrogen peroxide, extra oxygen (from a portable oxygen concentrator), steam therapy, a healthy diet, exercise, additional hygiene, and an abundance of activities to keep you in good spirits, motivated, and busy helps a lot too.
- Pneumonia Can Be Deadly – Although with proper medical treatment so widely available, death from pneumonia is rare. But it has been known to happen. People with pre-existing medical conditions should be especially careful to follow their doctors orders precisely, as well as contribute to their own recovery through additional therapy.
- Proper Breastfeeding Can Help Safeguard Your Baby – An infant’s first 6 months is the most crucial time to breastfeed your baby. It’s during this time that a baby needs mother’s milk most to establish the “building blocks” of a healthy immune system.