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Pneumonia disrupts healthy lungs through an infection caused by a virus, fungi, or bacteria, and is spread through sneezing, coughing, breathing, and touching — even those who are asymptomatic can spread pneumonia.

Pneumonia manifests as inflamed alveoli (lung sacs) that fill with pus or fluid, making it increasingly more difficult to breathe because of the lack of oxygen that is unable to circulate the bloodstream.

Pneumonia is a very serious infection that needs to be treated immediately.

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Pneumonia can affect anyone, but the two highest-risk groups include children two years old and younger and seniors 65 and older. With a compromised immune system, pneumonia occurs with the breakdown of your natural defenses to allow bacteria, fungi, and infection to attack and multiply in the lung tissue.

To defend healthy lung tissue, white blood cells are released — as a result of the infection and accumulation of white blood cells, breathing may become difficult.

Pneumonia Treatment

Facts about



Pneumonia is the leading cause of hospitalization in both adults and children


Pneumonia can be life-threatening to people 65 and older


Pneumonia is highly contagious


It may take a few weeks to fully recover from pneumonia

Symptoms Of Pneumonia

What causes

The three common pneumonia causes include:

  • Bacterial Pneumonia – This is the most common type of pneumonia.
  • Viral Pneumonia – Respiratory viruses are another common type of pneumonia.
  • Fungal Pneumonia – Caused from bird droppings or contaminated soil, fungal pneumonia most commonly affects people with a compromised immune system.

Symptoms of

Pneumonia symptoms can range from being very mild to life-threatening, so it’s crucial to monitor any symptoms you’re experiencing, including:

  • Coughing that produces mucus
  • Sweating and chills
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

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