Pneumonia

By: Cierra Goerish Hour 5

What is Pneumonia?

Pnuemonia is caused when bacteria or viruses get into the lungs and get trapped. Which then leads to swelling and inflammation of the bronchioles.

Advances Made in Treating Pneumonia

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial pneumonia. In contrast, antibiotics are not useful for viral pneumonia, although they sometimes are used to treat or prevent bacterial infections that can occur in lungs damaged by a viral pneumonia. The antibiotic choice depends on the nature of the pneumonia, the most common microorganisms causing pneumonia in the local geographic area, and the immune status and underlying health of the individual. Treatment for pneumonia should ideally be based on the causative microorganism and its known antibiotic sensitivity. However, a specific cause for pneumonia is identified in only 50% of people, even after extensive evaluation. Because treatment should generally not be delayed in any person with a serious pneumonia.

http://www.news-medical.net/health/Pneumonia-Treatment.aspx

Interpersonal Communication

You can talk to different types of doctors for pneumonia.


  • Pediatrician
  • Pulmonologist

First of all, go into the doctors if you feel any of the symptoms. Schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. If they believe you may have Pneumonia then, they will refer you to a lung disease doctor, Pulmonologist. That doctor would help you get the right treatment and medicine for you to get better.

http://www.freemd.com/doctor/overview.htm


Media Influence

This article seems credible. It has information that I agree with. Also, It has a date to it and good statistics. It gives information that says what pneumonia is, what causes the disease, and what are the affects.

news article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/151632.php

Immediate Risk Factors

  • Age. If you're age 65 or older.
  • Certain diseases. These include immune deficiency diseases such as HIV/AIDS and chronic illnesses such as heart disease, emphysema and other lung diseases.
  • Smoking.
  • Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and using inhaled corticosteroids for more than 24 weeks.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or pollutants.
  • People who received antibiotics within previous 90 days.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pneumonia/DS00135/DSECTION=risk-factors

http://www.healthcentral.com/ency/408/guides/000064_5.html?ic=506019

Long-Term Risk Factors

Overtime Pneumonia may trigger the immune system to react and in turn inflame or damage the arteries in the heart, this may lead to heart attacks and or strokes.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_long_term_effects_of_pneumonia_in_adults

Local Information

Pnuemonia is caused when bacteria or viruses get into the lungs and get trapped. Which then leads to swelling and inflammation of the bronchioles.

The symptoms are fever and a productive cough and sometimes shortness of breath.

The treatment is usually antibiotics and sometimes an inhaler.

Person: Carla Goerish

Phone Number: 5073277707