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Pneumonia

Chest & Lung
March 7, 2018

How to prevent lung infections

Our lungs are incredible organs: they allow us to inhale oxygen, literally filling our blood with the breath of life. Oxygen is the one thing we need to keep the cells in our body alive. We can only get oxygen through our lungs, so if we have any lung-condition, from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia, it can become very dangerous - even fatal - if not treated. How do you get it? The natural environment of your lungs is moist which makes it easy for bacteria and viruses to get in. Whether you’re catching public transport or driving along the…
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Chest & Lung
October 27, 2017

Pneumonia – what you need to know

Pneumonia is a lot more common than most people realise. It’s a serious illness, which can be life-threatening if the correct treatment isn’t given timeously. What is pneumonia? pneumonia is an infection of either one, or both, lungs when a person has pneumonia, the alveoli of the lungs become inflamed alveoli are tiny air sacs within the lungs, that allow for the movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and the bloodstream What are the causes for pneumonia? Bacteria: the most common causes are: Streptococcus pneumonia, Haemophilus influensae, Moraxella catarrhalis, TB Viruses: the most common causes are: influenza A and…
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Chest & LungTuberculosis
August 11, 2017

Fever & coughing: is it just flu or could it be TB?

Earlier this year, there was an outbreak of drug-resistant Tuberculosis in Australia. It started when a doctor in Sydney misdiagnosed a student with asthma and lung cancer – before realising it was TB. Scary stuff! It’s understandable, though: TB shares symptoms with other conditions, such as flu, but they should be treated with completely different medications. TB is caused by the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is easily spread when people with active lung disease expel the small airborne TB particles from their lungs into the air through coughing. Other people then breathe in the infectious droplets into their lungs, where…
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Chest & Lung
March 5, 2017

Pneumonia: the facts

Seasons are-a-changing, which means the bugs will be rife again soon. Unless your immunity is strong, and you're up-to-date with all your vaccines, you are at risk of developing serious infections like pneumonia - which is a lot more common than most people realise! (more…)
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Chest & Lung
October 27, 2016

The silent disease

A congested nose, a sore throat and body pains arising from a bad cold can be cured with medication and bed rest in a week or two. For pneumonia patients, recovery may not be as simple. Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that can form in your lung tissue which is caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi. Although pneumonia is a serious disease that could cause death, it still doesn’t get as much coverage as other diseases like cancer and HIV/AIDS. Pneumonia mainly affects those with a weak immune system, children under the age of five, or the elderly over the…
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Chest & Lung
May 6, 2016

Is it just a cold, or could it be pneumonia?

Your alarm clock has just gone off… but you really don’t know how you’re going to make it through this day! You’re in bed feeling terrible with an incredibly sore throat, a hacking cough and every muscle in your body is aching! Have you just caught a cold, or could this be pneumonia… how would you know? (more…)
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Infections
February 23, 2015

How are measles like zombies?

It’s a strange comparison, right? Except this virus is just like zombies in the most important way: it seemed like the measles was dead, but it isn’t. (more…)
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