Archive for the ‘Pneumonia’ Category
Pneumonia is an umbrella term used to describe several diseases in which infection or a chemical cause inflammation of the alveoli. These cavities fill with fluid or pus, which prevents the lungs to transfer oxygen efficiently in the blood.
Before the advent of antibiotics in the 1930s, pneumonia was one of the leading causes of death. Although it has become easy to treat, pneumonia remains a public health problem.
Pneumonia is present in many different forms with a spectrum of severity varies widely. There are basically four types: Read the rest of this entry »
Causes of pneumonia
Pneumonia can be caused by various pathogens such as streptococci or pneumococci, but can just as fungi cause the inflammation of the alveoli (alveolar pneumonia) or the lung tissue (interstitial pneumonia).
Infections caused by viruses or bacteria can be contagious, while other factors such as foreign bodies or liquids, not dangerous for the environment.
Also, allergies , medications or treatments can inflammation of the lungs a favor. Often precede the inflammation, pre-existing conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, immunodeficiency, or heart failure. Read the rest of this entry »