Pneumonia Prevention Tips

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Pneumonia Prevention Tips

Pneumonia is a common but serious ailment. Our knowledgeable caregivers can help reduce seniors’ chances of coming down with it by encouraging prevention techniques. These include:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Asking their doctor about getting the flu shot every fall
  • Asking their doctor about the pneumonia vaccine
  • Eating a proper diet
  • Getting enough exercise and sleep

What Is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a general term that refers to an infection of the lungs. It can be caused by a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Like the flu, pneumonia can cause serious problems for elderly people.

The possible consequences of pneumonia include:

  • Fluid around the lungs
  • Pus in the pleural cavity (an area between the lungs and chest)
  • Low blood sodium
  • Abscess in the lungs
  • Death

What Are the Risk Factors?

The following things can put you at an increased risk for developing pneumonia:

  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Smoking and breathing secondhand smoke
  • Having certain medical conditions, such as heart or lung problems, diabetes, or dementia
  • Taking prednisone (a medication)
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Being around certain environmental factors

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Sore throat

What’s the Treatment?

If you get pneumonia, your doctor may advise:

  • Antibiotics
  • Bed rest
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Therapeutic coughing
  • Breathing exercises
  • Medication to reduce pain and fever

Where Can I Get More Information About the Role of In-Home Caregivers?

To learn more about our knowledgeable, reliable, compassionate in-home caregivers and how we can help seniors reduce their risk of getting pneumonia, please contact us today.

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