Discussion question - Pneumonia - Pneumonia Practitioner Handout Pneumonia is considered the leading infectious diseases cause of death and the seventh

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Pneumonia - Practitioner Handout Pneumonia is considered the leading infectious diseases cause of death, and the seventh leading cause of death overall in the United States. It is a common illness that affects millions of people each and is defined as an inflammation of the lungs which is typically due to infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) or aspiration of food, saliva or secretions. The causative agent typically settles into the alveoli, where rapid growth can occur (in the case of infection) or inflammation (aspirate). This leads to fluid accumulation, difficulty breathing, fever and chills. nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000145.htm Ways you can get pneumonia include: Bacteria and viruses living in your nose, sinuses, or mouth may spread to your lungs. You may breathe some of these germs directly into your lungs. You breathe in (inhale) food, liquids, vomit, or fluids from the mouth into your lungs (aspiration pneumonia) Pneumonia Symptoms and Risk Factors Anyone can get pneumonia. It's commonly a complication of a respiratory infection, especially the flu, but there are more than 30 different causes of the illness. Older adults, children and people with chronic disease, including COPD and asthma, are at high risk for pneumonia. Symptoms Pneumonia symptoms can vary from mild to severe, depending on the type of pneumonia you have, your age and health. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are: Pneumonia – Health Park Pharmacy-healthparkpharmacy.com Risk Factors Anyone can get pneumonia, but some people are at a higher risk than others. Risk factors that increase your
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