Understanding Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious infection in one or both of your lungs that often affects older adults. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, chills, trouble breathing, and a cough that has mucus. People who have pneumonia may also feel sick to their stomach, and very tired, even after other symptoms have subsided. Pneumonia can be mild or severe. For older adults, it can cause serious problems and can take 3 weeks or longer before major symptoms subside and over a month before they stop feeling tired.  

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria germs, viruses, and fungi. It is most common during the winter months and your chance of catching Pneumonia increases from smoking or drinking alcohol. If you think you have Pneumonia, see your doctor right away! Your doctor will most likely conduct a physical exam, take an X-Ray of your chest, or collect a blood sample.

Mild symptoms of Pneumonia can be treated at home will a prescription. If the case is severe enough, Pneumonia can be treated in the hospital to help the patient breathe. Pneumonia can be prevented by getting a shot for the flu and for Pneumonia, washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, quitting smoking, and eating healthy and exercising.