percentage of pneumonia is caused by viruses?
are caused by viruses and are less severe than bacteria. Symptoms are milder
than bacterial pneumonia like cold, dry cough, headache, fever and
weakness.4. Is there a vaccine to protect from
Yes. The Influenza vaccine and vaccines
against Pneumococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) can
protect against pneumonia.5. Can I continue to
smoke if I have pneumonia?
advisable to stop smoking since it will further irritate the already swollen and
inflamed lung tissue and the tracheo-bronchial tree.
6. Does pneumonia affect the respiratory
Germs causing pneumonia invade the air sacs
of the lungs or alveoli causing inflammation and filled with fluid. This causes
less oxygen to reach the blood. Breathing becomes
labored.7. How serious is
The severity of pneumonia depends on a
person’s general health, age and how strong is their immune system. It is also
less serious when it is caused by a virus.
Pneumonia can be
deadly in infants less than 2 years and elders more than 65 years. It can also
be fatal in persons with weakened immune systems.8.
Is pneumonia contagious?
Yes it is. It can spread
by inhaling the small airborne particles present in the air when someone near
you has coughed or sneezed.9. How long does it take
to recover from pneumonia?
Most healthy people
would recover in one to three weeks. Seniors and immunocompromised people might
take several weeks depending on their general
health.10. Is pneumonia is
Yes, it is curable. For pneumonia caused
by a virus, rest, pain killers and drinking plenty of warm fluids help. For
pneumonia caused by bacteria, antibiotic treatments should be completed for full
11. How is pneumonia diagnosed in
Babies have symptoms of fever, chills,
irregular breathing, loss of appetite and tummy ache.
eye with mild fever may be a symptom in babies who get pneumonia due to
Sometimes they might have long coughing spells
and the body will be cyanosed or blue from lack of air when pneumonia is caused
due to whooping cough.12. How many cases of
pneumonia are there per year?
There are around 120
million episodes of pneumonia per year in children under
513. How do I keep my lungs
By practising good health habits including
good oral hygiene and hand washing. Avoiding populated and polluted
places.14. What is “walking
Walking pneumonia is a milder case of
the disease caused by a mild bacteria or a virus. Symptoms are mild and we can
fight of the infection without any antibiotics. This is sometimes caused by an
atypical bacterium called Mycoplasma pneumoniae.15.
Why is it important to complete your course of antibiotics for bacterial
In order to make sure that the infection
will not recur and to prevent the increase of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria.16. What happens to a bacterial pneumonia
An untreated bacterial pneumonia can
cause a blood infection or an abscess in your
17. When do you get help for pneumonia or may
When there is fever with
shaking chills, a cough that causes you to spit up blood or rust-colored
If you suffer from shortness of breath and rapid
breathing with wheezing, you are advised to visit a hospital casualty for
If you suffer from asthma or have any
co-morbid conditions that weaken your immunity, you should seek help at the
earliest and get hospitalized if required.