Signs of Pneumonia


 

 

Early Signs of Pneumonia

The diagnosis is made through the clinical picture, chest radiography and laboratory cultures that provide insight into what is the germ that causes sickness and sensitivity to common antibiotics. You can get blood cultures (blood), sputum (sputum or respiratory secretions), pleural fluid if the pneumonia is associated with stroke.

  • High fever
  • Difficulty breathing, rapid shallow breathing
  • Chest pain or back
  • Coughing up phlegm yellow-green or sometimes dry cough
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Extreme tiredness

Pneumococcal pneumonia can be life threatening, especially if the infection reaches the blood, a fact that occurs in one third of cases, or nervous system causing meningitis. Mortality is between five percent and fifteen percent in developed countries, being higher in the social contexts of limited resources. If the pneumonia is complicated by pneumococcal meningitis, the mortality exceeds 40% or you can leave permanent sequelae.

Pneumonia, pneumococcal disease and is treated with antibiotics. Self-medication is not appropriate; it initiates the disease present unusual way delaying the diagnosis and greater resistance to antibiotics. Remember, vaccination is the best way to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease.

The diagnosis is made through the clinical picture, chest radiography and laboratory cultures that provide insight into what is the germ that causes sickness and sensitivity to common antibiotics. You can get blood cultures (blood), sputum (sputum or respiratory secretions), pleural fluid if the pneumonia is associated with stroke.

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