Albertville, Alabama (PressExposure) May 26, 2011 -- We tend to ignore cold and cough thinking it is a side effect of the changing climate and weather of different places. Only when it increases and the suffering increases, we bother to visit the doctor. It is important to be aware that the symptoms of pneumonia and common cold and cough could very much be mistaken and mixed up. Read the following for getting a clear idea of how it can be harmful to ignore the symptoms of the disease and what are the symptoms that should ring the emergency bells.
Pneumonia can become very precarious if the right prognosis does not take place. Delay in treatment can be very risky. Let us understand what does pneumonia actually mean and in what ways does it affect our body.
If you are feeling feverish, having chills, shortness of breath, cough accompanied with yellowish green phlegm and occasionally blood spotting, chances are quite high that you might have caught pneumonia.
You might also experience chest pain while breathing if you have pneumonia. The reason behind the chest pain is nothing, but inflammation of the membrane that lines the lungs and chest cavity.
The reason behind this infection of pneumonia is bacteria and virus. Many a times, the causes of pneumonia vary and so does the medication and treatment.
Microbes entering the lungs from the mouth, throat or nose causes pneumonia. It is an air borne disease. Hence, it can infect a person. The severity of pneumonia increases with the loss in the immunity of the body to fight the viruses and bacteria. This is exactly the reason why people who have suffered viral infections, lung disease and heart disease recently have swallowing problems, are alcoholics, drug users, etc. People who have suffered a seizure or stroke are at a higher risk for developing pneumonia as compared to others.
Types of Pneumonia
There are many types of this disease, e.g. Bacterial Pneumonia, Walking Pneumonia, Aspiration Pneumonia, Atypical Pneumonia, Viral Pneumonia, Klebsiella Pneumonia, Community Acquired Pneumonia, Bronchial Pneumonia, Fungal Pneumonia, Pneumocystis Pneumonia, Nosocomial Pneumonia, Lipoid Pneumonia, etc. These types of pneumonia vary in their symptoms starting from something that does not require any medication and the natural body immunity is enough for curing it. However, there are some types that need complete bed rest and proper precautions along with regular monitoring of the body temperature.
So please take care and ensure that you get diagnosed correctly and on time. Timely detection of a problem is of utmost importance.