Sunday, 6 May 2012

Lung infection. PNEUMONIA A RELENTLESS KILLER.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.

One of the common killers is pneumonia, especially in the elderly most death causes are either dementia or pneumonia and nonetheless both most of the times.

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Inflammation of the lung resulting from infectious and non-infectious causes. The air cells can fill with fluid causing shortness of breath and breathing problems. The infection can be severe and result in death. Certain risk factors, such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, diabetes, depressed immune systems, and poor nutrition increase the risk of developing pneumonia. The "pneumonia shot" (pneumovax) only protects against one bacteria and does not prevent pneumonia.

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Symptoms:
Cough with greenish or yellow sputum, bloody sputum, fever with shaking chills, sharp or stabbing chest pain, chest pain worsened by deep breathing or coughing, rapid, shallow breathing, shortness of breath, weak pulse.

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Treatment:
Antibiotics are only effective for bacteria but many times the cause of the pneumonia cannot be determined resulting in most patients initially receiving antibiotics (azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, ceftriaxone). If the pneumonia is severe admission to the hospital and intravenous antibiotics will be administered. Severe cases can require mechanical ventilation.

An X-ray can confirm the diagnosis. Blood tests, sputum cultures, and blood cultures can identify the cause and severity of the infection. Occasionally a CT scan is performed as well especially if an associated pleural effusion is present.

The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart. Remember early diagnoses in every condition we encounter is priceless, regular checks are important to our health.

Other Specific Tests:
Blood cultures, Sputum cultures, Arterial blood gas (ABG)