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Pneumonia – What You Need To Know

Posted Mar 08 2013 10:28am
file8841261948414Pneumonia is an acute condition in the lungs.  This means it is not chronic , although some people with chronic conditions may be more prone to “catching” it.  It can have a rapid onset, and symptoms will include fever, developing cough and congestion, possible runny nose, body aches, and general feeling of fatigue.  It’s important, especially if you already have a lung condition, to stay on top of changes like the ones included as symptoms for pneumonia.  If you experience these symptoms, it is best to contact your physician and be seen.
Pneumonia is a condition in which fluid builds in the air sacs of the lungs.  This causes difficulty in oxygenation because the fluid in the air sac makes it difficult or impossible for air to fill the sacs and oxygen to enter the blood, where it travels to the tissues.  Wherever there is fluid, there cannot be air.  This is also the reason you will hear what might be called “crackles” when you exhale.  The air traveling out of or past the air sacs will make the fluid bubble, creating a sound you can hear when you breathe.
Did you know pneumonia can be acquired through various avenues – or, in other words, there are several ways you can get it.  And, although it is an acute disease, it is classified as an obstructive disease.  Remember, obstructive lung disease is a disease that directly obstructs the flow of air through the air sacs and airways in the lungs.  Let’s review the different types of pneumonia.
Pneumonia can be:
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