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Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of your lungs.

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Pneumonia Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of your lungs. There are two main types Pneumonia one of these is bacterial pneumonia. This can attack anyone from infants to the very old. People who are alcoholics, debilitated, post-operative patients, people with respiratory diseases or viral infections and people who have weakened immune systems are at greater risk. Pneumonia bacteria are present in some healthy throats. When body defences are weakened in some way, by illness, old age, malnutrition, general debility or impaired immunity, the bacteria can multiply and cause serious damage. Usually, when a person's resistance is lowered, bacteria work their way into the lungs and inflame the air sacs and a person's temperature may rise as high as 105 degrees F. ...read more.

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It finds many of its victims among those who have pre-existing heart or lung disease or are pregnant. Symptoms: The initial symptoms of viral pneumonia are the same as influenza symptoms: fever, a dry cough, headache, muscle pain, and weakness. Within 12 to 36 hours, there is increasing breathlessness; the cough becomes worse and produces a small amount of mucus. There is a high fever and there may be blueness of the lips. It can have over 30 different causes this means it is affected in different parts of the body. The main parts are lungs, stomach, and the temperature of the body. If you have pneumonia then you may suffer from Fever, Chills, Cough, Unusually rapid breathing, Breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds, Laboured breathing that makes a child's rib muscles retract (when muscles under ...read more.

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The drugs used to fight pneumonia are determined by the germ causing the pneumonia and the judgment of the doctor. After a patient's temperature returns to normal, medication must be continued according to the doctor's instructions, otherwise the pneumonia may recur. Relapses can be far more serious than the first attack. Besides antibiotics, patients are given supportive treatment: proper diet and oxygen to increase oxygen in the blood when needed. In some patients, medication to ease chest pain and to provide relief from violent cough may be necessary. The most common place where it occurs is the lungs or the stomach. In 1996 (latest data available), there were an estimated 4.8 million cases of pneumonia resulting in 54.6 million restricted-activity days and 31.5 million bed days. In 2000, there were approximately 1.3 million hospitalisations, 1.3 million emergency room visits, and 63,548 deaths recorded in the United States. http://www.lungusa.org/diseases/lungpneumoni.html http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/pneumonia.html ...read more.

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