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Don’t ignore the symptoms: Pneumonia can be very serious

October 13, 2019


DOCTOR, PNEUMONIA IS A FAIRLY
COMMON ILLNESS. BUT IF LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN BE
VERY SERIOUS, EVEN FATAL. PNEUMONIA IS AN INFECTION DEEP
WITHIN THE LUNG TISSUE YOU CAN
SEE ON A LUNG X-RAY OR CAT SCAN. OLDER PEOPLE AND THOSE WITH
COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE
MOST AT RISK. MERCY MEDICAL CENTER’S DR. JONATHAN RICH SAYS COMPLICATIONS
FROM THE INFECTION CAN BE SEVERE
.
IT CAN CAUSE SHORTNESS OF
BREATH, OR THE INFECTION COULD
SPREAD INTO YOUR BLOOD STREA DR. RICH SAYS PNEUMONIA IS
>>THAT WOULD BE SEPSIS WHERE
THE BLOOD, THE INFECTION IS IN
THE LONG BUT THE BACTERIA SEEPED
DOWN INTO YOUR BODY AND YOU CAN
GET REALLY SICK FROM THAT AND END UP IN THE HOSPITAL, EVEN IN
THE ICU. THAT CAN BE A PRETTY SEVERE
INFECTION. DEBORAH: DR. RICH SAYS PNEUMONIA
IS TYPICALLY TREATED WITH
ANTIBIOTICS. HE RECOMMENDS ANYONE OVER THE
AGE OF 65 GET A PNEUMONIA
VACC

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