Does Pneumonia Really Walk?

January 24, 2014 in LifeCare Health Services

Been suffering from a bad cold or the flu? Then be aware that it’s easy for the infection that’s already in your lungs to progress to the next level..pneumonia.because your body is already fighting the germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. in your system. But, do you have walking pneumonia or pneumonia?

Walking pneumonia is pretty much what it infection of the lungs, but to a lesser degree than pneumonia. Someone with walking pneumonia can still function on a day-to-day level but will experience a cough without much mucus, a low grade fever (under 101 degrees), and an overall feeling of fatigue.

Your doctor will decide if the underlying cause is either from a virus or bacteria in order to prescribe the proper treatment, which is an antibiotic for pneumonia caused by bacteria. Bed rest and a little cough syrup are often part of the treatment plan as well.

Be on the lookout for the following symptoms if you suspect pneumonia. These include a cough with perhaps green-tinged mucus and chest pains after a coughing spell, a fever over 101, feeling short of breath and/or a fast heartbeat, and a feeling of weakness and fatigue. Other symptoms may also include vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.

In addition, the CDC recommends that those over 65 would definitely benefit from receiving a pneumonia shot. This is especially true if your medical history includes heart and lung issues, like COPD, and you’re a smoker. Under these circumstances, the pneumonia shot which is given every 5 years is a good preventative treatment. It may not keep you from contracting the disease but it will lessen the severity.

If you are down with flu or pneumonia this season, remember home health services for medical care at home that can keep you safe and comfortable. What’s more, if an extended period of bed rest has left you weakened, which is common with retirees, we can send a physical therapist to make sure you regain your function and ability as much as possible.

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