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How To Prevent Pneumonia In Elderly
Vaccination, hygiene: Hand washing and getting the pneumonia vaccine (and getting your children vaccinated) reduce your chances of getting pneumonia. The pneumonia vaccine covers only some strains of one species of bacterium (streptococcus), but it covers the worst actors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Simple things: Most importantly, if he smokes, help him quit. Aside from that, simple things like handwashing and trying to avoid sick family members if able are really about all you can do. If he's over 65 or has some chronic diseases like COPD or diabetes, he can get a pneumonia vaccination that won't prevent pneumonia but can make it less severe if he does get it. Should also get flu shot every year. ...Read more
Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more
Sputum culture: Nosocomial pneumonia most commonly are Gram negative bacteria, MRSA, fungal organisms such as Candida. Sputum cultures and sensitivities determine which antibiotics are most appropriate . But because the culture takes about 48-72 hrs , initial regimens include a second or third generation Cephalosporin plus a Quinolone. Institutions where there is prevalence of MRSA , Vancomycin is chosen. ...Read more
What are the causes of pneumonia to the babies, how to prevent this, and what are the medications to treat pneumonia for babies?
Usually Viral: If you have a normal child birth - full term with no complications and all vaccines - then cough and runny nose symptoms are most likely associated with a virus and you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and nose suction. If the baby is less than 1 month old and has a fever, you need to go to an emergency department. ...Read more
Should an elderly wiman sleep in a room with temp below 50 degrees when she is having respiroty problems, just got over pneumonia.
Husband has difficulties clear his own secretions. Has had 4 minor apiration pneumonias and 1 major one. Any suggestions to prevent the next one?Thx!
Hand washing: Sometimes the first event in bacterial pneumonia is catching a virus which breaks down natural defenses and allows for bacteria to proliferate. Certainly flu vaccine can help and avoiding activities that can lower immunity such as smoking, excessive alcohol, extreme stress including extreme exercise. Good sleeping habits can also help. ...Read more
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