Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. It is usually caused by infection with viruses or bacteria and less commonly other microorganisms, certain drugs and other conditions such as autoimmune diseases.
People with infectious pneumonia often have a productive cough, fever accompanied by shaking chills, shortness of breath, sharp or stabbing chest pain during deep breaths, and an increased rate of breathing. In the elderly, confusion may be the most prominent sign. The typical signs and symptoms in children under five are fever, cough, and fast or difficult breathing.
Fever is not very specific, as it occurs in many other common illnesses, may be absent in those with severe disease, malnutrition or in the elderly. In addition, a cough is frequently absent in children less than 2 months old. More severe signs and symptoms may include blue-tinged skin, decreased thirst, convulsions, persistent vomiting, extremes of temperature, or a decreased level of consciousness.
Pneumonia is due to infections caused primarily by bacteria or viruses and less commonly by fungi and parasites. Although there are more than 100 strains of infectious agents identified, only a few are responsible for the majority of the cases. Mixed infections with both viruses and bacteria may occur in up to 45% of infections in children and 15% of infections in adults. A causative agent may not be isolated in approximately half of cases despite careful testing.
Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, virus, parasite. Symptoms are Severe cold, cough, unusual rapid breathing, fever, vomiting, stomach pain, wheezing sound, loss of appetite etc. Pneumonia occurs more in children than elders. It is advisable to consult a qualified doctor immediately after getting the Pneumonia symptoms.
How Is Pneumonia Commonly Treated?
1. Usually doctor suggest to control your fever with aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen), or acetaminophen.
2. It is recommended to drink plenty of fluids to help loosen secretions and bring up phlegm.
3. It is suggested not to take cough medicines without first discussing to your doctor.
More details about simple ayurvedic treatments is given later in the article.
Pneumonia Causes and Symptoms
Causes of Pneumonia
Community-acquired pneumonia is the most common type of pneumonia. It occurs outside of hospitals or other health care facilities. It may be caused by:
Bacteria. The most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in the U.S. is Streptococcus pneumoniae. This type of pneumonia can occur on its own or after you’ve had a cold or the flu. It may affect one part (lobe) of the lung, a condition called lobar pneumonia.
Bacteria-like organisms. Mycoplasma pneumoniae also can cause pneumonia. It typically produces milder symptoms than do other types of pneumonia. Walking pneumonia, a term used to describe pneumonia that isn’t severe enough to require bed rest, may be caused by M. pneumoniae.
Viruses. Some of the viruses that cause colds and the flu can cause pneumonia. Viruses are the most common cause of pneumonia in children younger than 5 years. Viral pneumonia is usually mild. But in some cases it can become very serious.
Fungi. This type of pneumonia is most common in people with chronic health problems or weakened immune systems, and in people who have inhaled large doses of the organisms. The fungi that cause it can be found in soil or bird droppings.
Some people catch pneumonia during a hospital stay for another illness. This type of pneumonia can be serious because the bacteria causing it may be more resistant to antibiotics. People who are on breathing machines (ventilators), often used in intensive care units, are at higher risk of this type of pneumonia.
Health care-acquired pneumonia is a bacterial infection that occurs in people who are living in long-term care facilities or have been treated in outpatient clinics, including kidney dialysis centers. Like hospital-acquired pneumonia, health care-acquired pneumonia can be caused by bacteria that are more resistant to antibiotics.
Aspiration pneumonia occurs when you inhale food, drink, vomit or saliva into your lungs. Aspiration is more likely if something disturbs your normal gag reflex, such as a brain injury or swallowing problem, or excessive use of alcohol or drugs.
Signs and symptoms of pneumonia include
- Fever, sweating and shaking chills
- Cough, which may produce phlegm
- Chest pain when you breathe or cough
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Pneumonia: Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies
Some home remedies which are helpful during Pneumonia are :
1. Garlic is said to be very good for Pneumonia. 5 drops of garlic juice in 2 spoons of hot water should be taken during Pneumonia.
2. Applying external heat to chest, by hot water bag or heated salt tied in a cloth, makes the breathing easier during Pneumonia.
3. Taking a pinch of Asafoetida (Hing) in warm water gives relief during Pneumonia.
4. Boil few Basil leaves with Black pepper (Kali mirch) in water and filter. Drinking this decoction helps in Pneumonia.
5. Drinking Honey mixed with warm water during Pneumonia gives strength and helps for easy digestion.
6. In case of excessive wheezing sound during Pneumonia, Boil five whole Black peppers with five Californian raisin (Monakka) in water for some time and filter. A spoon of this decoction taken thrice a day helps to reduce Balgum (phlegm).
Amazing Benefits of Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Ayurvedic health treatment is the world’s oldest holistic healing system.
It was developed more than 12000 years ago in India.
It’s based on the simple belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
It believes in the principle of free treatment using herbs, roots and leaves of nature. You can also call it world’s first open source medical system.
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