Pneumonia is a breathing (respiratory) condition in which there is an infection of the lungs according to the United States National library of Medicine.
Pneumonia is also defined as an infection that inflames the air sac in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with pus (purulent materials) causing cough with pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing.
Pneumonia ranges in seriousness from mild to life-threatening it is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65 and people with health problem or weakened immune system. This gives an insight on the necessary for everyone to work on his or her immune system. The immune system’s capacity is a function of your life style as well as what you eat.
Signs and symptoms
Some signs and symptoms can look like cold or flu but on proper examination and checking other signs, it can be easily diagnosed. They include;
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cough with production of phlegm
- Chest pain and shortness of breath
- Sweating and chills
Age group specificity
For old people above 65, who may not show high temperature but might show other signs of pneumonia. Pneumonia can also be a precursor of mental illness as a result of a deficit in neuronal connection in the brain While peadriatrics (new born, infants, and children ) may also not show a sign of infection but fever , serious cough , restlessness or tiredness without energy also difficulty in breathing and eating.
Ensure you consult an health professional when;
- Your child is younger than 2yrs and suddenly develops this signs and symptoms.
- If you are receiving chemotherapy and you develop these signs or when you take drugs that can suppress the immune system. Examples are steroids (like prednisolone, dexamethasone branded Xasten).
- If you are older than 65yrs.
- When there is an underlying medical condition.
- Mental illness
- Enlarge liver
- Heart failure
- Spread of the bacteria to other people making it acquired.
Facts about the causes
The likely hood of death in patients with acquired pneumonia is the next 30days. Mycoplasma infection is a leading cause of pneumonia worldwide. In the united states alone mycoplasma accounts for 30% of all causes of pneumonia, it is also the source of complication for other diseases like Asthma. When this organism gets into the respiratory tracts, it causes stimulation of the natural antibodies like macrophages and lymphocyte cells along the respiratory airways leading to asthma. Therefore it is clear that part of the adaptive immune system is contributes to the pathology while part is protective against mycoplasma infection.
In a chat with Dr. Atanda Oluwaseun, Resident doctor at General hospital Ilora, Oyo state, Nigeria, He mentioned that in Peadriatrics, the common organisms are; E.coli, Heamophilus influenza, streptococcal and klebsiella while adult and geriatrics include staph aureus and strep pneumonia. Other organisms are fungi and virus.
- Smoking: Smoking weakens the body’s natural defense against bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia.
- Being hospitalized: you are at a greater risk of pneumonia if you are kept in the hospital intensive care unit especially if you’re on the machine that helps you breathe (called ventilator).
- Immunocompromised: patients with HIV are likely to develop pneumonia when poorly managed.
- Chronic disease: severe conditions include Heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease and Asthma can graduate to pneumonia.
Femi Greek is excellent in stimulating perspiration. A leafy vegetable which can also dispel toxicity and shorten the period of fever is capable to producing relieve in pneumonia. To produce Femi Greek, it can be flavoured with few drops of lemon juice and also taken up to three or four times daily.
Precaution: any form of food supplement should be taken with it and should also take on a fasting stomach. Sleep with garlic. Garlic with honey provides an enriching power to prevent the severity of attacks in asthma.
- Pneumonia on Mayo clinic mayoclinic.com
- Prescribing Guidelines in the treatment of pneumonia: National institute for Health and Excellence
- Upper and lower respiratory tracts; Journal of immunology: Matthew D. Woolard, Lisam. Hodge Harlan P.Jones, Trenton R. Schoeb and Jerry W. Simeeka.