What is Pneumonia?

This afternoon, we visited baby Z’s pediatrician for a follow check up after a couple of fever last week. After the fever, he’s been coughing with crackles and the doctor says it Pneumonia. Oh no. But the doctor says it alright as long as he will take the right medicine it will soon be healed. The good thing is, the little one looks okay and still very active. His appetite never change, as always he loves to eat.
So, what is Pneumonia? According to Wikipedia, it is an inflammatory condition of the lung, especially affecting the microscopic air sacs associated with fever, chest symptoms, and a lack of air space on the chest. It is typically caused by an infection but there are a number of other causes. Infectious agents include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Symptoms of pneumonia includes, fever, cough, chest pain and difficulty of breathing. It is treated with antibiotics depending on the cause.

How to prevent it? The most common prevention of pneumonia is through vaccine. Vaccination is effective in preventing certain bacteria and viral pneumonias in both children and adult. It Is also recommended to reduce indoor pollutants and keep your environment clean.

If home medication does not show improvement, and if the symptoms worsen, hospitalization might be needed. You should be in contact with your health care provider.

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