What is Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The infection causes the lungs’ air sacs (alveoli) to become inflamed and fill up with fluid or pus. That can make it hard for the oxygen you breathe in to get into your bloodstream.
The signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include:
- Cough, which may produce greenish, yellow or even bloody mucus
- Fever, sweating and shaking chills
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough
- Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting, especially in small children
- Confusion, especially in older people.
You can reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by:
- Getting Vaccinated
- Washing your hands frequently
- Don’t smoke
- Being aware of your general Health
Am I at Risk
- Older adults or very young children.
- People whose immune system does not work well
- People with other, serious medical problems such as diabetes or cirrhosis of the liver.