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How To Prevent Pneumonia In Elderly
Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?
Causes of pneumonia: There are many germs that cause pneumonia-and I would like to know 'which' germ affected you. Hopefully your doctor figured that out, although often no tests are done. This would have a bearing on how best to prevent any future episodes. If you're healthy, that's great- the key is to stay that way and avoid pitfalls that set u up for disease (like smoking, too much stress, too little sleep etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good: The chances of getting lung infections increases with age and underlying diseases, but is far more common in those over the age of 60. Pneumococcal pneumonia used to be called the "old man's friend" because it would produce death in elderly individuals with chronic diseases that were debilitating. ...Read more
What is pneumonia? What are those medicine can heal pneumonia? How can I prevent or how to prevent pneumonia?
Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of lung, usually caused by bacteria or virus but also by fungus, too. Chemicals can cause similar pneumonitis or inflammatory response. Cancers & foreign objects can also block lungs too. Best way to prevent pneumonia is to avoid being coughed/sneezed upon, wash hands frequently, don't smoke, maintain your immune system via diet & exercise. Most important, stop smoking! ...Read more
1yr/5mos had 2 pneumonia history. Now another bilateral pneumonia occurs. what to do to prevent this in the future?
Pediatric pneumonia: You really need to take the children to an experienced pediatrician to have them fully evaluated for risk factors. If you are in Manila, Makati Medical Center, or if you don't have the resources, PGH. Cannot answer your question without being able to see your babies and examine and test them. Good luck and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
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
If they lie down.: If they lie down for a long time, especially on his/her back. ...Read more
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
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!
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
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