PNEUMONIA - SYMPTOMS AND HOME TREATMENT
Pneumonia (pronounced: noo- mo -nyuh).
When the lung inflamed due to infection and cause pain, it calls Pneumonia. When bacterial, virus, fungi or some other poisonous substances reach the lungs an cause infection and inflammation, the person concerned gets Pneumonia. When a person has pneumonia, lung tissue can fill with pus and other fluid, which makes it difficult for oxygen in the lung's air sacs to reach the bloodstream. With pneumonia, a person may have difficulty breathing and have a cough and fever. Often pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat). When this happens, symptoms of pneumonia begin after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat.
Pneumonia is of two kinds:-
In the early stage of labor pneumonia, any one lobe of the lings get infected. This is rare in the developed countries.
In the case of Broncho Pneumonia, either Bronchi or Bronchioles gets inflamed and later on the inflammation spreads to patches of tissue in the lungs.
Defining Pneumonia by Origin of Infection
Pneumonia is often classified into two categories that may help predict the organisms that are the most likely culprits.
Duration of Pneumonia
With treatment, most types of bacterial pneumonia can be cured within 1 to 2 weeks. Viral pneumonia may last longer. Mycoplasmal pneumonia may take 4 to 6 weeks to resolve completely.
HOW SERIOUS IS PNEUMONIA?
About 1.2 million people are hospitalized each year for pneumonia, which is the third most frequent reason for hospitalizations (births are first and heart disease is second). Although the majority of pneumonias respond well to treatment, the infection can still be a very serious problem. Together with influenza, pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and is the leading cause of death from infection. Outlook for High-Risk Individuals
Who will get Pneumonia?
How long will it last ?
Pneumonia Symptoms and Signs
Symptoms:-Cold in the head or throat,shivering fever
Most cases of pneumonia begin with a cold in the head or throat. The patient generally feels a chill, shivering fever, difficulty in breathing, and sharp pain in the chest. This may be followed by a cough with pinkish sputum, which may later become brownish. In young children, the disease may cause delirium and convulsions. The temperature may rise to 40.6 degree C and the pulse may go up to 150 beats per minute. A common complication of pneumonia is pleurisy.
Symptoms of pneumonia vary, depending on the age of the child and the cause of the pneumonia. Some common symptoms include:
How to confirm Pneumonia?
Once the chest X-ray, sputum analysis and blood tests are completed, the doctor will decide if Pneumonia is due to the presence of bacteria, virus or some other reason.
Chest X-Rays and Other Imaging Techniques
X-Rays. A chest x-ray is nearly always taken to confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia. It may reveal the following:
Other Imaging Tests. Computed tomography (CT) scans or MRI's may be obtained in the following circumstances:
These more sophisticated imaging techniques can help detect the presence of tissue damage, abscesses, and enlarged lymph nodes. They can also detect some tumors that block bronchial tubes. No imaging technique can determine the actual organism causing the infection.
Home Remedies for Pneumonia
Pneumonia treatment using Garlic ( Lahssaon )
Garlic is a marvellous remedy for pneumonia, if given in sufficient quantities. It brings down the temperature, as well as the pulse and respiration within forty-eight hours. A paste of garlic can also be applied externally on the chest with beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient
Pneumonia treatment using Basil ( Tulsi )
Rub the oil of basil on the chest of the patient and give internally the juice of 5 leaves of basil mixed with a little ground black pepper at six hourly intervals. This will induce sweating and relieve the patient.
Pneumonia treatment using Other vegetable Juices
The juice of carrots, in combination either with spinach juice, or beet and cucumber juices, has also been found useful in pneumonia. In these combinations, 200 ml of spinach juice or 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to prepare 500 ml or half a litre of combined juice.
Remember, even though pneumonia can be treated, it is an extremely serious illness. Don't wait, get treatment early.
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