Immune | May 28, 2018 | Author: Naturopath
Pneumonia is a type of respiratory infection that affects the lungs. The infections can either be of a bacterial or viral nature which can partially determine the type of pneumonia symptoms experienced by someone.
Initially when an individual develops pneumonia, symptoms are the same whether the infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus. These symptoms include mild fever, a dry cough, headache, muscle pains and fatigue and/or weakness. Feverish symptoms tend to get worse however within several days when the pneumonia infection is bacterial in nature. Most people will start to display more severe pneumonia symptoms within three to four days of the infection taking hold. These symptoms include having trouble breathing, coughing up mucus and also developing higher fevers. In some cases, viral pneumonia causes more symptoms than bacterial cases do, although each individual case is different.
Yes, pneumonia can spread from person to person, but it can also develop in other ways too.
Infectious agents that cause pneumonia can be transmitted from person to person or spread from certain parts of someone’s body (like the nose) to the lungs. Some of the ways these agents are passed from person to person include:
The same types of bacteria or viral pathogens that cause pneumonia infections are already present in many people’s airways and sinuses, especially in children, who carry these organisms in their noses and throats.
How strong someone’s immune system is largely determines whether or not these organisms have the chance to spread, proliferate and cause an acute lung infection.
In infected infants, serious complications can sometimes develop, including being unable to drink, unconsciousness, hypothermia and convulsions
Every person’s body and immune system will cope with pneumonia infections differently, but most usually start to show symptoms within about three to seven days of the infection developing. Some have pneumonia symptoms in as little as one day, while others might be contagious but not show symptoms for up to 10 days. Most people have pneumonia symptoms for about two to three weeks before feeling totally better, although a quicker recovery and developing complications that last longer are both also possible.
Pneumonia is caused by a variety of infectious agents and develops when the lungs become filled with pus and mucus, making it hard to breath, get enough oxygen and control coughing. The parts of the lungs that are most affected by pneumonia infections are called the alveoli, which are small sacs that normally fill up with air/oxygen allowing for normal breathing to take place.
While people of all ages and levels of health can develop pneumonia for many different reasons, researchers believe that there are five main infectious agents to blame that are the primary causes of pneumonia:
These most common ones include streptococcus pneumoniae (especially in children with pneumonia) and haemophilus influenzae type b. Pneumocystis jiroveci is another type of bacteria that is associated with death due to pneumonia in children with viruses, such as HIV.
This type of pneumonia is often called respiratory syncytial virus.
This contributes to walking pneumonia in most cases. Walking pneumonia is a mild case of pneumonia or “atypical pneumonia” because it’s not like more serious cases of pneumonia and a lung infection is often to blame.
Due to other organisms, including fungi.
These include those from fumes, tobacco products or cigarettes that weaken the immune system.
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that is responsible for providing protection against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections as well as preventing sicknesses, enhancing the immune system, and combatting oxidative and inflammatory stress.
Garlic can be added at the end of cooking or taken as a capsule daily for an extra immune boost.
A pneumonia-fighting root vegetable, ginger eliminates toxins and heals spasmodic pneumonia. It can be added fresh or dried to smoothies, stir-fries, or salads, or drunk as a tea. Ginger capsules can also be taken on a regular basis for prevention or an increased dose in an acute case of pneumonia.
This herb encourages antibody production, boosts the immune system and raises the body's resistance to viruses and bacteria. There are capsules, powdered root and essential oils available.
Echinacea is helpful for patients with pneumonia due to its antiviral and antibacterial nature. Echinacea also enables the immune cells to be more effective at combatting bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, and raises the amount of immune system cells. Echinacea capsules and tinctures are available to be used daily or in the case of pneumonia.
Fenugreek is an excellent mucolytic that helps relieve mucous congestion making it an effective home remedy for pneumonia. It also induces copious perspiration which helps dispel toxicity from the body. This herb can be taken as a capsule, tincture or tea.
Turmeric powder is a natural mucolytic which helps to expel mucous phlegm and catarrh from bronchial ducts. Taking one tea spoon of turmeric powder orally is an effective cure for pneumonia, as to are turmeric tablets or capsules.
Pneumonia patients can greatly benefit from goldenseal's antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Moreover, an alkaloid present in goldenseal called berberine, plays an essential role in fighting various bacteria, protozoa and fungi, and facilitates easier elimination of bacteria.
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