By: My Nguyen, Medically reviewed by: Dr. Duyen Le.
Pneumonia is an acute infection of one lobe of the right or left lung, or a whole lungs. There are many kinds of germs that could cause pneumonia. The infected lungs leak fluids and shed dead cells. This clogs up the air sacks and make it hard for the lungs to get oxygen into the blood. Without enough oxygen, your body cannot function properly.
Anyone can get pneumonia. Older adults, children and people with chronic disease such as COPD and asthma, are at high risk for pneumonia. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
The common symptoms of pneumonia are:
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
You should contact your doctor if you have any of the following:
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Categorized by the causes, pneumonia have three major types:
There are many risk factors for pneumonia, such as:
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
Pneumonia can often be mistaken for a cold or a flu. However, you should pay careful attention as pneumonia usually lasts longer and the symptoms are more severe than other common illnesses.
To determine if you have pneumonia or not, the doctor ask you some questions to know more about your conditions, such as:
If necessary, the doctor will perform some common tests before making any diagnosis:
Treatment for pneumonia mostly depends on different types and its severity. For some cases, pneumonia can be treated at home.
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with health condition:
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017