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Causes,Preventive Measures & Treatment For Pneumonia


Posted Date: 16-Nov-2010  Last Updated:   Category: Health    
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This article provides information about Pneumonia. You will get details about the possible causes and how to get it treated.



What is Pneumonia?

We all are familiar with the disease pneumonia. Actually what is pneumonia? It is important to note that this is a serious infection which affects the lungs. In general we can say that pneumonia is a respiratory disease. This is caused by the infection of organisms like bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa etc. Pneumococcus is an example of bacteria which is responsible for causing pneumonia. Do you know the symptoms of pneumonia? If not, check the below points.

Symptoms of pneumonia

The symptoms of pneumonia include:
1.Fever
2.Cough
3.Difficulty in breathing.

Factors responsible for causing pneumonia

Children as well as elder people are at greater risk for pneumonia infection. The points given below help you to understand the factors responsible for pneumonia.

How children are affected by pneumonia?

If children have a weak immune system, the micro organisms responsible for pneumonia can easily enter the human body & spread in the lungs. In general we can say that these children are having low resistance power. This is mainly due to the lack of poor nutrients. Since pneumonia is a dangerous disease which affects the children, extreme care should be taken for increasing their resistance power. So it is important to note that from the birth itself children should be given food which is rich in nutrients to prevent pneumonia.

How adults & babies are affected by pneumonia?

Now you may be thinking how these adults are getting the infection of pneumonia? It is important to note that adults who use tobacco smoke are increasing the chance of getting infected by pneumonia. Also remember that polluted air plays an important role in affecting the lungs & thereby causing pneumonia. It is important to note that babies born with low birth weight are at high risk for getting the infection of pneumonia.
Do you know how can we prevent pneumonia?

Prevention for pneumonia

It is important to note that usually children below 5 years of age are getting the infection of this disease. It is important to bring down the birth rate. Do you know the purpose of these? It is to give importance to their nutrition so that their immunity as well as resistance power will increase. Now you may be thinking about the treatment for pneumonia?

Treatment for pneumonia

I have already mentioned the symptoms of pneumonia. So it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible if any of the symptoms are seen. Avoid self medication.
It is important to note that by vaccination we can prevent pneumonia.
It should be noted that certain diseases like measles & whooping cough can cause pneumonia infections. Remember that vaccinations against these diseases can prevent pneumonia to an extent. Also by taking vaccines against bacteria like pneumococcus we can prevent some cases of pneumonia.

World pneumonia day

It is important to note that world pneumonia day is celebrated on November 12. It is important to note that if treated in time this disease is a preventable one. So remember to consult a doctor as soon as possible when the symptoms are seen.


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