There are many influenzas, viruses and infections to watch out for in this cold winter that is upon us, but one we hope to avoid at all costs is pneumonia.
If you think having a bad flu is bad, well you do not want to know what it is like to be battling with pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a type of lung infection that is caused by a virus or bacteria.
In short, the lungs are filled with thousands of tubes, called bronchi, which work to affect your breathing.
In effect you will find yourself experiencing a number of different health problems, including rapid breathing, fever, loss of appetite, breathing difficulties, severe cough, abdominal pain, headaches, chest pains, nausea, and blue colouring of the skin around your mouth.
The blue colouring is largely due to the fact that oxygen is not getting to where it needs to be.
In general, the symptoms can be very similar, but much worse than a common cold and if not treated properly can lead to even worse health problems, and in the worst case, can lead to your death.
People can pick up the problem from a normal bout of the common cold or flu, which both allow germs to run rampant in your body. But the interesting fact is that in more than half the cases of pneumonia, no cause is ever found.
It is also believed that more than half of the cases of the problem are caused by viral infections.
To be absolute sure you, or someone you care for has pneumonia, a few tests can be done to have it confirmed.
These include chest x-rays, breathing tests and bouts of elimination treatment.
In most cases, a person’s immune system can deal with the infection, but antibiotics have been known to help overcome the problem.
It is important to remember than anyone and of any age can be affected by pneumonia, and that if symptoms do begin to show, it is important to contact your doctor.