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What is Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs.

The lungs' air sacs fill with pus, mucus, and other liquid and can not function properly. Oxygen can not reach the blood. If there is insufficient oxygen in the blood, body cells can not function properly and may die.

Lobar pneumonia affects a section (lobe) of a lung. Bronchial pneumonia (or bronchopneumonia) affects patches throughout both lungs.

Lung Affected By Lobar Pneumonia Lung Affected By Bronchial Pneumonia
Lobar Pneumonia Bronchial Pneumonia


What causes pneumonia?

Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over thirty different causes.

What is The Treatment For Pneumonia

If you develop pneumonia, your chances of prompt recovery are greatest under certain conditions: Recover GIF

  • you are young
  • your pneumonia is diagnosed early
  • your defenses against disease are working well
  • the infection has not spread
  • you are not suffering from any other illness

Prompt treatment with antibiotics almost always cures bacterial and mycoplasma pneumonia, and a certain percentage of rickettsia cases. There is no effective treatment yet for viral pneumonia.

The drug or drugs used are determined by the germ causing the pneumonia and the judgment of the physician. The drugs lower body temperature within a day or two and produce a dramatic recovery. After temperature returns to normal, medication must be continued according to physician's instructions, otherwise the pneumonia may recur. Relapses can be far more serious than the first attack.

Besides antibiotics, patients are given supportive treatment:

  • proper diet
  • oxygen to relieve bluish cast to lips
  • medication to ease chest pain

and in the case of mycoplasma:

  • medication to help ease the violent cough

anything that can produce and maintain in the patient the best possible conditions for recovery.

A vigorous young person may lead a normal life within a week of recovery from pneumonia.
A middle-aged person, however, may require weeks before regaining accustomed strength, vigor, and feeling of well-being. Adequate rest is important to maintain progress toward full recovery and to avoid relapse.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Saskatoon, March 19th, 2003 - The Lung Association is closely watching reports concerning Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Canada and around the world.

While Canadians are being urged by federal health officials not to panic, many are seeking information on SARS on the internet.  The Lung Association is experiencing a sharp increase in numbers of visitors to its web site.  On March 13 when the SARS story broke, had more than 227,000 page views compared to the 22,000 page views on average days.

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Pneumonia medications come in various forms

•orally • intramuscular injection • 

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Products used to treat pneumonia include

AAA-Erythro Base tablets •AA-Erythro-S tablets •Accel-clarithromycin suspension •Act-Azithromycin tablets •Act-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Act-Clarithromycin XL tablets •Act-Levofloxacin tablets •Act-moxifloxacin tablets •Apo-Amoxi capsules •Apo-Amoxi Clav tablets •Apo-Amoxi sugar free suspension •Apo-Amoxi suspension •Apo-Azithromycin tablets •Apo-Cefaclor capsules •Apo-Cefaclor suspension •Apo-Cefadroxil capsules •Apo-Cefuroxime tablets •Apo-Ciproflox tablets •Apo-Clarithromycin tablets •Apo-Clarithromycin XL tablets •Apo-Clindamycin capsules •Apo-Doxy capsules •Apo-Doxy tablets •Apo-Levofloxacin tablets •Apo-Minocycline capsules •Apo-moxifloxacin tablet •Apo-Sulfatrim and Apo-Sulfatrim DS tablets •Apo-Sulfatrim Pediatric tablets •Apo-Sulfatrim suspension •Auro-Amoxicillin capsules •Auro-Cefuroxime tablets •Auro-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Auro-Clindamycin capsules •Auro-levofloxacin tablets •Auro-moxifloxacin •Avelox® tablets •BBiaxin BID® tablets •Biaxin® suspension •Biaxin® XL tablets •Bio-Ciprofloxacin tablets •CCefaclor capsules •Ceftin® suspension •Ceftin® tablets •Cipro® suspension •Cipro® tablets •Clavulin® suspension •Clavulin® tablets •Clindamycine capsules •DDalacin C® capsules •Dalacin C® suspension •Dom-Azithromycin tablets •Dom-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Dom-Clarithromycin tablets •Dom-Minocycline capsules •Doxycin capsules •Doxycin tablets •Doxytab tablets •EErybid® tablets •Eryc® capsules •GGD-Azithromycin suspension •GD-Azithromycin tablets •IIvax-Cefaclor capsules •JJAA Amoxicillin capsules •JAA Amoxicillin suspension •Jamp-Azithromycin tablets •Jamp-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Jamp-Moxifloxacin •MMAR-Ciprofloxacin tablets •MAR-Moxifloxacin tablet •Minocycline capsules •Mint-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Mylan-Amoxicillin capsules •Mylan-Azithromycin tablets •Mylan-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Mylan-Clarithromycin tablets •Mylan-Clindamycin capsules •Mylan-Levofloxacin tablets •Mylan-Minocycline capsules •NNovamoxin capsules •Novamoxin chewable tablets •Novamoxin suspension •Novo-Azithromycin tablets •Novo-Cefaclor capsules •Novo-Rythro Estolate suspension •Novo-Rythro Ethylsuccinate solution •Novo-Trimel suspension •PPCE 333® tablets •PHL-Amoxicillin capsules •PHL-Amoxicillin suspension •PHL-Azithromycin suspension •PHL-Azithromycin tablets •PHL-Ciprofloxacin tablets •PMS-Amoxicillin capsules •PMS-Amoxicillin suspension •PMS-Azithromycin Suspension •PMS-Azithromycin tablets •PMS-Cefaclor suspension •PMS-Ciprofloxacin tablets •PMS-Clarithromycin tablets •PMS-Doxycycline capsules •PMS-Doxycycline tablets •PMS-Levofloxacin tablets •PMS-Minocycline capsules •PMS-Moxifloxacin •Prevnar-13® •Priva-ciprofloxacin tablet •PRO-Amox capsules •PRO-Amox suspension •PRO-Azithromycin tablets •PRO-Cefadroxil capsules •PRO-Cefuroxime tablets •PRO-Ciprofloxacin tablets •PRO-Clarithromycin tablets •PRO-Levofloxacin tablets •PRO-Minocycline capsules •Protrin DF tablets •RRAN-Ciproflox tablets •RAN-Clarithromycin tablets •Ratio-Cefuroxime tablets •Ratio-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Riva-Azithromycin tablets •Riva-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Riva-Clarithromycin tablets •SSandoz Azithromycin tablets •Sandoz Azithromycin Suspension •Sandoz Ciprofloxacin tablets •Sandoz Clarithromycin tablets •Sandoz Levofloxacin tablets •Sandoz Minocycline capsules •Sanis Amoxicillin capsules •Sanis Amoxicillin Suspension •Sanis-Azithromycin tablets •Sanis-Clarithromycin Suspension •Sanis-Clindamycin capsules •Sanis-Doxycycline capsules •Sanis-Doxycycline tablets •Sanis-Minocycline capsules •Septa-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Siv-amoxicillin capsules •Siv-Amoxicillin sugar-reduced suspension •Siv-amoxicillin suspension •Sivem-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Sivem-Clarithromycin tablets •TTaro-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Teva-Cefadroxil capsules •Teva-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Teva-Clarithromycin tablets •Teva-Clindamycin capsules •Teva-Doxycycline capsules •Teva-Doxycycline tablets •Teva-Levofloxacin tablets •Teva-Minocycline capsules •Teva-moxifloxacin tablet •Teva-Trimel and Teva-Trimel DS tablets •VVan-Ciprofloxacin tablet •ZZithromax® suspension •Zithromax® tablets •

Active ingredients used to treat pneumonia include

aamoxicillin • azithromycin • ccefaclor • cefadroxil • cefuroxime axetil • ciprofloxacin hydrochloride • clarithromycin • clindamycin • ddoxycycline • eerythromycin • llevofloxacin • mminocycline • moxifloxacin • ppneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Pneu-C-13) • pneumococcal conjugate vaccine adsorbed (Pneu-C-10) • pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneu-P-23) • prednisone • 

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