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 바둑 무료 다운로드. 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 age of 65, as their immune systems are at its weakest. Pneumonia still poses a serious health threat, especially kids.

How does pneumonia affect your body?
Due to the infection caused by pneumonia, your lungs become stiffer, which makes it difficult for oxygen to move into your blood and remove carbon dioxide from your body. If there is too little oxygen in your blood, your body cells won’t work properly and the infection spreads through the body. When the germs that cause pneumonia reach your lungs, the air sacs (alveoli) become inflamed and fill up with fluid.

Symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • A fever with shaking chills.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Coughing with green or yellow sputum.
  • Chest pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Weakness and general discomfort.

Help at hand
Children are most affected by this disease, and are given a pneumococcal vaccine to prevent pneumonia. If you or your child have a chest infection that just doesn’t get any better, it’s important to visit your doctor, before it gets out of hand.

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How can you fight pneumonia?

  • Always wash your hands and keep a hand sanitiser close by.
  • Avoid sick people, because the flu can escalate to pneumonia.
  • Get the pneumococcal vaccine as soon as possible.
  • Stop smoking or don’t start smoking, because weak lungs make you more vulnerable to pneumonia.

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