Pneumonia

Pneumonia is too much mucus in the lungs. Mucus is the thick, sticky stuff found in your nose and lungs. You may cough up mucus when you are sick.

Humans have two lungs that are used for breathing. Lungs are like balloons. As you breath, air comes in and goes out.

If a lung gets filled with thick mucus, it’s hard to fill it with air. That’s pneumonia. Pneumonia makes it difficult to breath.

Tactile graphic of airways in lungs filled with green mucus
Lungs filled with mucus
Two Types of Pneumonia:

Viral: if you have the flu, you can get pneumonia. The doctor may give you medicine to reduce your fever or give you oxygen to make it easier to breathe. You should drink lots of water too.

Bacterial: You may get sick or get a cold from bacteria. You can also get pneumonia. The doctor may give you antibiotics, The doctor may give you medicine to reduce your fever or give you oxygen to make it easier to breathe. You should drink lots of water too.

Symptoms include:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Shaking chills
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Confusion
Risks for pneumonia include:
  • Having the flu
  • Having a cold
  • Poor health
  • Have other illnesses
  • Old age
  • Being near sick people
  • Smoking
  • Drinking excessive alcohol

You should see a Doctor because untreated pneumonia can become serious.

For more information on pneumonia go to:
Deaf Health: www.deafhealth.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/pneumonia
Long Island Health Network www.lihn.org
Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org
Kids Health www.kidshealth.org/pneumonia

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