Patient discussion about pneumonia

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Q. PNEUMONIA

is it viral or bacterial
A1Most importantly, it's crucial to get it cleared up as soon as possible. When I had it years ago, taking elderberry worked far better I felt than taking an antibiotic in which case my pneumonia didn't budge.
Elderberry can be taking by the tincture or oil being placed in a hot cup of tea and sipping frequently. It helps to loosen the congestion.
A2Pneumonia Information

Pneumonia is an inflammation and consolidation f lung tissue to due to an infectious agent- typically a bacteria or a virus, and is usually acquired in a community setting. Bacterial pneumonia occurs more often by a microbe called S. Pneumo. Half of all people infected with this bacteria show no symptoms. Compared with viral pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia has a shorter duration and is also more severe in the damage the bacteria can do to the patient. If left untreated, pneumonia can lead to the critical diseases of meningitis or sepsis.
Approximately 2 to 5 million people acquire pneumonia every year. 40 to 60 thousand people die due to pneumonia every year, and pneumonia is the most common infectious cause of death that exists. More men get pneumonia than women. About 20 percent of CAP cases are viral rather than bacterial. So most of the time, an antibiotic will be needed for the pneumonia patient. Also, about 10 million doctor visits are due to CA
A3Most cases are caused by bacteria, although up to 20% of the cases of pneumonia in the general population (not in hospitalized patients) may be caused by viruses such as RSV, influenza, adenovirus, etc. SARS is an example to a virus that causes pneumonia.

You may read more here:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/pneumonia/DS00135

Q. What is pneumonia?

Is pneumonia a simple cold gone bad or is it something else?
A1The common cold, the flu, and pneumonia can have similar symptoms.
The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. It is caused by a virus. A cold almost always starts with a scratchy throat and stuffiness in the nose. Gradually other symptoms appear--sneezing, a mild sore throat, sometimes a minor headache and coughing. Runny noses are a common feature of colds. In small children fevers can occur.
The flu is an infection in the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs caused by influenza viruses A and B. Fever, chills, headache, achy muscles and fatigue all seem to come at once when you have the flu.
Pneumonia is an infection of the bronchial tubes and tiny air sacs in the lungs. Pneumonia is usually caused by a virus or bacteria. Symptoms begin suddenly with severe chills and a high fever. This infection typically follows a cold or flu. The person starts feeling better and then the symptoms suddenly worsen.
A2Here is a video which explains what pneumonia is:
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Pneumonia-9551

Q. How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Quite a few of my son's classmates have caught pneumonia. How can I know if my son caught it too? How is pneumonia diagnosed?
A1When the doctor examines the patient and hears coarse breathing or crackling sounds when listening to a portion of the chest with a stethoscope, he can suspect Pneumonia. There may be wheezing, or the sounds of breathing may be faint in a particular area of the chest. A chest x-ray is usually ordered to confirm the diagnosis of pneumonia. There are more tests that can be done if the diagnosis has not been confirmed by the above tests.
A2Most people who develop pneumonia initially have symptoms of a cold which are then followed by a high fever (sometimes as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit), shaking chills, and a cough with sputum production. If your son appears to have these symptoms, similar to a cold or flu then he might have caught it.

Q. What Is Streptococcal Pneumonia?

I have heard that I might have streptococcal pneumonia. What exactly does that mean?
A1Streptococcal pneumonia is a disease caused by the streptoccus bacteria. It is one of the most common causes of pneumonia in healthy people. You can learn more about bacterial pneumonia here-
http://www.5min.com/Video/Pneumonia---Viral-or-Bacterial--9552
A2Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs by bacterias, viruses or other infectious causes. Streptococcal pneumonia is the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia in all age groups except newborn infants. This bacteria often lives in the throat of people who do not have pneumonia, and in specific situations might infect the lungs. For instance, a simple upper respiratory viral infetion such as the common cold might weaken the body, and therefore create an easy path for the streptococcus bacteria to invade to the lung, and cause pneumonia.

Q. What Causes Aspiration Pneumonia?

My father is hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia. What causes this?
A1Aspiration pneumonia is a pneumonia that develops due to the entrance of foreign material that enter the bronchial tree (air tubes), usually oral or gastric contents (including food, saliva, or nasal secretions). Aspiration pneumonia represents a either a bacterial infection or a chemical inflammatory process due to inadequate swallowing mechanism.
A2Aspiration pneumonia is often caused by an incompetent swallowing mechanism, such as occurs in some forms of neurological disease (a common cause being strokes) or while a person is intoxicated. Another cause is during general anaesthesia for an operation and patients are therefore instructed to not eat or drink for at least four hours before surgery.



Q. What is KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE 0.00

AKlebsiella is a bacteria that can cause different types of infections such as a urinary tract infection or pneumonia, and is considered a not very common pathogen among patients in the community (meaning outside the hospital). It is known as a pathogen that attacks hospitalized patients at a higher frequency and needds good antibiotic treatment.

Q. Can I catch pneumonia, if I go outside with wet hair?

My Mother used to tell me when I was a kid that if I go outside with wet hair, I will catch pneumonia. Is this true?
A1Are you seiously, Ann? I mean, I'm sure y're wet hair make Pneumonia?...I sorry this is not true.
A2IF YOUR WET WATER REMOVES MORE HEAT FROM THE BODY FASTER THAN WHEN YOUR DRY ALSO CONSIDER THAT HEAT RISES WE LOSE MOST OF THE TOP OF OUR HEADS WHEN YOU ADD WATER YOU DRAMATICLY LOWER YOUR TEMPERATURE ON YOUR HEAD AND ALSO CONSIDER THAT IF YOUR MOVING FROM A COLD PLACE TO A WARM PLACE SEVERAL TIMES A DAY LIKE A FREEZER ON A HOT SUMMER DAY OR INDOORS TO OUT DOORS IN THE WINTER TIME 20 MINUTE INTERVALS I WILL SAY YES YOU CAN CATCH COLD AN GET THE SNIFFLES, COUGH AND OR SORE THROUGHT BUT I DO AGREE THAT YOU WON'T NECISARLY GET PENOMNIA FROM JUST WET HAIR ALONE THERES MANY MORE FACTORS FOR THAT.
A3Wet hair will not cause you to catch pneumonia. It can not be caught that way. Colds are usually spread by hand-to-hand contact with another cold sufferer or by sharing objects like utensils, towels, and telephones. Influenza is easily spread through the air by sneezing and coughing. Pneumonia typically follows a cold or flu.
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