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Pneumonia and fluid in the lungs

Fluid in the lungs is one of the most common complications of pneumonia but there are also other ones, including blood poisoning and difficulty breathing.

Pneumonia is a condition in which one or both lungs is infected either by a virus, bacteria are fungus. When this occurs, the airways in the lungs become inflamed and are then filled with fluid.

When this occurs, the lungs are not able to function properly and it can be hard to breath, since the entrance for the oxygen will b compromised. The oxygen must pass through the lungs in order to get into the blood stream.

Because of this, pneumonia can lead to serious health problems that can even be fatal in some instances.

People who have weak immune systems, such as people over the age of 65, people who smoke and drink excessively, people with cancer or AIDS, are more likely to get pneumonia.

Causes

A bacterial infection can cause pneumonia, as well as viruses and fungi.

An allergy such as the so-called “farmer’s lung” can also lead to pneumonia symptoms.

The inhalation of smoke and hazardous chemicals can also lead to the condition.

Symptoms

One of the most common pneumonia symptoms is a persistent and dry cough, though it later stops being dry as yellowish, green and smelly phlegm begins to appear in the lungs.

Other symptoms include fever, breathlessness, night sweats, confusion, balance problems and of course fluid in the lungs.

Fluid in the lungs in known as pleural effusion and it is often accompanied by an extreme difficulty in breathing. This often occurs when the condition of the patient continues to deteriorate and then the infection spreads to the blood and other parts of the body. The blood infection, called septicemia, is very dangerous when it occurs.Treatment

In order to diagnose pneumonia and fluid in the lungs, the doctor will first look at the symptoms.

He or she will check the breathing, oxygen amounts in the blood and look for the exact location of the infection and its severity, usually with x-ray examination.

Samples of phlegm will also be examined.

Antibiotics are usually given to treat pneumonia and fluid in the lungs. If it is a very serious infection, then the patient will most likely have to go to the hospital and receive the medication through an IV.

People who are having severe problems with breathing will probably be put on a ventilator to health them get oxygen into their blood streams.

Along with the antibiotics, rest and minimal exertion is also important in order to allow the body and the antibiotics to fight off the infection.

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