Our mom got pneumonia while we were traveling in northern Argentina. She was really sick and spent five days in the hospital and a lot more recuperating in our hotel.
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs most commonly caused by a bacteria or virus. Pneumonia can also be caused by inhaling puke or other substances. The lungs’ air sacs fill with pus and other stuff cutting off the necessary oxygen.
Aspiration pneumonia is a swelling and irritation of the lungs caused by breathing in vomit, fumes from chemicals such as bug sprays, pool cleaners, gasoline, or other substances. This kind of pneumonia cannot be spread to other people. The bacterial or viral kind can be spread.
What are the symptoms of pneumonia?
There are many different symptoms of pneumonia depending on any sicknesses you might have or the virus or bacteria causing it. It is often very similar to the flu so you might not realize it immediately. Its symptoms might include fever, breathlessness, muscle pain, pain when breathing, sweating, chills, coughing, and tiredness. Strangely, old people and people with bad sicknesses have less or less severe symptoms than other people. They may even have a lower than average temperature.
You are very commonly exposed to viruses and bacteria that can cause pneumonia but most of the time your body can fight them off. However many things can allow them to get into your lungs, like bad nutrition and sicknesses. As soon as they are in your lungs your white blood cells fight them. That causes your lungs to inflame and fill with liquid.
How do you treat pneumonia?
To cure pneumonia, you have to take antibiotics. Medications should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician. If it is not helping, call the doctor. Do not quit taking it unless told to do so by a doctor. Increase air moisture to make it easier to breathe. DO NOT use hot steam. Rest in bed until your body core temperature returns to normal and chest pains and breathing problems are gone. Drink six to eight glasses of liquids daily to help keep mucous thin and easy to cough up.