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Ack! Pneumonia!

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:13pm

I knew the weather outside was frightful this holiday season, but didn't think it was scary enough to wreak havoc on Moshura's lungs? I'm not sure we're sure what caused it. See below for health information on Pneumonia.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has some key points on Pneumonia:

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs. Many small germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can cause pneumonia.

The infection causes your lungs’ air sacs, called alveoli, to become inflamed. The air sacs may fill up with fluid or pus, causing symptoms such as a cough (with phlegm), fever, chills, and trouble breathing.

The goals of treatment are to cure the infection and prevent complications. People who have more severe symptoms or underlying health problems may need treatment in the hospital.

Pneumonia can be very serious and even life threatening. When possible, take steps to prevent the infection.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs to kill germs.
- Keep your immune system strong. Get plenty of rest and physical activity and follow a healthy diet.
- If you have pneumonia, limit contact with family and friends. Cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissues right away. Follow the treatment plan your doctor gives you and get plenty of rest.

It may take time to recover from pneumonia. Some people feel better and are able to return to their normal routines within a week. For other people, it can take a month or more. Talk to your doctor about when you can go back to your normal routine.

Visit the Pneumonia page on MedlinePlus.
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