Pneumonia is the name of infection which is of one lung sometime or can be of both lungs of a human body too, it is usually caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses. Before the discovery of antibiotics, almost one third of all persons who developed pneumonia died from this infection. Currently, more than 2.5 million people faces pneumonia every year in the United States only. More than half a million of these people are admitted to hospitals for treatment of this infection. Although most of these people recover, approximately 4% die from pneumonia whose cannot got healed. Pneumonia is the 6th highest leading cause of deaths in the USA.
Symptoms Of Pneumonia :
Most people who develop pneumonia first symptoms of a cold (upper respiratory tract infection, eg, sneezing, sore throat and cough), which are then followed by high fever (sometimes up 104 ° F), chills and a cough with sputum production. The sputum is usually discolored and sometimes bloody. Depending on the location of the infection, some symptoms are more likely to develop with in the body.
Diagnosis Of Pneumonia :
The diagnosis of this disease starts when doctor checks the lungs of infected body with the stethoscope and listen some odd sounds from the infected part, in the first stage Chest X-ray is advised to the infected person, then doctors take blood tests of the person because they can show a hint by checking white blood cells of the person.