Pneumonia

By: Alexis Davis

What is Pneumonia?



Pneumonia is inflammation in the lung that is caused by bacterial or a viral infection. Air sacs in the lungs fill with pus and may become solid.



How is Pneumonia diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam. Then your doctor may have you get an x-ray or a blood test done. Depending on how sick, how old, or what other conditions you have can determine if you need more tests done.

Frequency in this disease

Pneumonia isn't really an epidemic infection, people can get it from other people, smoking, and inhaling chemical fumes.

Signs and Symptoms

-Coughing/ coughing up mucous.

-Fever

-Shortness of breath

-Chest pain

-Fast heartbeat

-Feeling very tired or weak

-Nausea and vomiting


Who can get pneumonia?

Infants who are 2 years or younger, and people over the age of 65 are more likely to get pneumonia because their immune system is weakened. Other people that can get pneumonia can include people with asthma. Weakened or suppressed immune system, and people who smoke.

Possible Complications

A possible complication of Pneumonia would be your lung collapsing. Pneumonia can make you sick for a long time, and may take a while for you to completely heal.