Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get pneumonia. People with recent viral infections, lung or heart disease, swallowing problems, alcohol or drug users, and those who have suffered a stroke or seizures are also at a higher risk for developing pneumonia.
The signs and symptoms of pneumonia are similar to a cold and are followed by a high fever, usually 104 degrees or higher. Shortness of breath and discolored phlegm are usually present. People may also experience chest pain that gets worse when they take a deep breath.
Pneumonia can be diagnosed by a doctor after listening to the lungs and having a chest x-ray. Most cases of pneumonia can be treated with oral antibiotics though some people may need to be hospitalized.
If you suspect that you have pneumonia, call your doctor right away. If you would like more information, please call The Senior Alliance at 734-722-2830, or visit them online at www.aaa1c.org/. You can also contact The Detroit Area Agency on Aging at 313-446-4444, or visit them online at www.daaa1a.org/.
Phone code: 3204