Pneumonia: Types & Symptoms

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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, certain drugs and other conditions such as autoimmune diseases. It can affect just one section of your lungs (lobar pneumonia) or sections throughout both lungs (bronchopneumonia).

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Pneumonia: Types & Symptoms What Is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, certain drugs and other conditions such as autoimmune diseases. It can affect just one section of your lungs (lobar pneumonia) or sections throughout both lungs (bronchopneumonia). When you have pneumonia , air sacs in your lungs fill with pus or other liquid and oxygen has trouble reaching your blood. At times a very serious condition, pneumonia can make a person very sick or even leads to death.

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Symptoms of Pneumonia Early symptoms of this illness may imitate cold or flu symptoms. Subsequent symptoms may include fever, muscle aches and soreness, severe cough producing sputum and possibly blood, sweats and chills, skin that appears blue or purple from lack of oxygen absorption, difficulty breathing and chest pain. Types of Pneumonia Pneumonia can be categorized according to the infection or the germ . 1. Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP): It occurs outside of hospitals and other health care settings. 2. Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia: People catch pneumonia while getting treated in the hospital for some other disease. If you are on a ventilator or in the intensive care unit of the hospital then you are at a higher risk of catching this disease. 3. Health Care-Associated Pneumonia: Patients may get pneumonia in other health care settings, such as nursing homes, dialysis centers, and outpatient clinics. 4. Aspiration Pneumonia: This type of disease can occur if you inhale food, drink, vomit, or saliva from your mouth into your lungs. 5. Atypical Pneumonia: It occurs when lungs get inflamed due to breathing of foreign substances like molds, dust and chemicals. These foreign substances are also called antigens. If symptoms of the pneumonia persist or worsen, it is recommended that you seek medical attention on priority. Visit 24 hour AOK Emergency Care Houston or call (281) 542-3998 to properly diagnose and get the recommendations for proper treatment of these conditions .

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