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were did pneumonia come from

By Anonymous February 10, 2010 - 12:09pm
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Dear Anonymous

Thank you for your question. Let's talk first about what pneumonia is: On Empowher, we describe it as:

"an infection of the lungs. There are several different organisms that may cause it.
CausesPneumonia affects the lower respiratory tract (small bronchi and air sacs in the lungs). There are three main causes:

◦Bacterial pneumonia—caused by bacteria, most commonly Streptococcus pneumoniae
◦Viral pneumonia—caused by a virus
■Viruses cause half of all pneumonias.
◦Atypical bacterial pneumonia—caused by mycoplasmas, chlamydias, or other tiny infectious agents that have traits of both bacteria and viruses
■This type of pneumonia, often called "walking pneumonia," is thought of as a milder pneumonia. However, each of these infectious agents has the potential to cause a more serious or potentially fatal pneumonia.
Other causes of pneumonia include:

◦Fungal infections, such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)—a fungal infection common in people with AIDS

Pneumonias are sometimes described by where it was acquired and how you were exposed to it:

◦Community-acquired pneumonia—acquired in the community (eg, at school, work, gym etc.)
◦Nosocomial pneumonia—acquired during a hospitalization
■It can be very dangerous, especially for patients on a ventilator.
◦Aspiration pneumonia—happens when a foreign matter (often stomach content) is inhaled."

Please have a read of our detailed Pneumonia page here - treatment and prevention are also covered : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/pneumonia#definition

Anon - your message was very short - can you explain your situation a little more for us? Have your or a loved one been given a diagnosis for pneumonia? Are you or someone else undergoing treatment for it?

February 10, 2010 - 1:11pm
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