What Is Pneumonia? The Basics
What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria which attacks the lung tissues. This infection is common in children as they tend to spend most of their time in the bathroom, and in adults who spend time in crowded places.
Pneumonia can be difficult to diagnose, and there are several symptoms that indicate this condition. The first sign is usually coughing, but sometimes other signs may also be present. When the lungs get inflamed, the doctor will normally feel it on the chest area and feel the walls and the inner lining of the lungs. When the walls become inflamed, it is called as acute pneumonia.
Pneumonia in children is commonly caused by bronchitis. Bronchitis is a condition where the bronchial tubes become inflamed because of infections, allergies, or exposure to various irritants. Sometimes bronchitis is caused by viruses, and other times it is caused by bacteria such as streptococcus pneumoniae.
Bacteria in the lungs cause the infection when the oxygen in the lungs is reduced, leading to the reduction of the number of good bacteria. Once the bacteria are in the lungs, they multiply rapidly. As the bacteria multiply, they start to attack healthy cells in the lungs. As these bacteria cause a respiratory infection, the body begins to produce antibodies to fight the bacteria. When the body’s immune system is weak, there is an increased chance that the pneumonia will not be completely eliminated.
It is important to recognize if the infection is caused by bacteria. If you notice that you are having symptoms such as fever or shortness of breath while you are contagious, then you need to get medical attention. If your doctor does not confirm pneumonia as a cause of your symptoms, then it is likely caused by another illness such as strep throat.
Children often experience severe symptoms because their immune systems are not as developed as adults are. They can easily become dehydrated and are at risk for pneumonia as their lungs are very fragile. They are also susceptible to developing pneumonia if they are immunocompromised, have poor immune systems, or have chronic health conditions like diabetes or HIV or AIDS.
The most common way children contract pneumonia is through breathing. If you are prone to getting pneumonia due to smoking or being outdoors, it is important to quit smoking because this is a common way to pass the infection. This makes breathing difficult. In addition, if you are exposed to other people with high-risk factors, then you should wear a mask at all times when you are playing or going to places where the risk of being exposed is high.
Another common reason for pneumonia is to inhale some of the mucus or vomit from an infected person. In order to prevent pneumonia, it is important to always take a shower after using the bathroom and throw any food items that contain bacteria or vomit away immediately before it causes an infection. Always wash your hands before eating food, and to avoid touching the mouth and nose and eyes. If you do contract pneumonia, stay home or in a place where there are no others around so that you won’t spread the disease.
There are a variety of natural cures that you can try if you think you may have pneumonia. For example, yogurt contains acidophilus, which is the good bacteria that help control infections. Yogurt can also be used in conjunction with other herbs to treat the infection.
One of the natural cures is to drink a large amount of water to dilute the mucus in the stomach and help keep the air passages clear. Another natural remedy involves making a tea out of Cayenne pepper and a couple of cups of yogurt, then drinking it throughout the night. This can be used for two weeks until the chest pain subsides.
In more severe cases, antibiotics may be prescribed. But if you are concerned about having a long hospital stay or other medical expenses, then you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
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