In light of the release of her new album, The Lockdown Sessions, the star has collaborated with the biggest names in music including Nicki Minaj and Stevie Wonder. But when it comes to his long-awaited and postponed tour, the delays seem to keep coming. One of those delays occurred in New Zealand when the star suddenly contracted pneumonia on foot, cutting his gig short and canceling two more.
He said, “I was diagnosed with foot pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible.
“I played and sang with all my heart, until my voice couldn’t sing anymore. I am disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave everything I had. Thank you very much for your extraordinary support.
Despite being checked by medics midway through the show, the singer was only able to sing Candle in the Wind and All the Girls Love Alice before her voice gave way.
The Mayo Clinic explains that foot pneumonia is an informal term for pneumonia.
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Typically, symptoms are mild and do not require hospitalization, as people usually feel like they have a cold.
However, the condition can still make you miserable. With symptoms like cough, chest pain, mild chills and headache.
The reason it is known as “walking” pneumonia is because the best path to recovery is to take good care of yourself and get rest.
The Mayo Clinic further describes that foot pneumonia is often caused by a type of bacteria that produces milder symptoms that appear more gradually than other types of pneumonia.
For young children in particular, the disease is often detected when they are in school and spreads through a family in the weeks to come.
Elton was able to recover from the illness and returned for shows in Australia.
Taking the stage in Melbourne, he then thanked fans on Instagram. He said: “Melbourne, your love and energy was the best medicine after a tough week. You raised me so much, thank you !! Can’t wait to hear more tonight at Coffs Harbor.
Faithful followers and fans were delighted to see the star again with a comment on the post: “Nothing makes me happier than seeing you healthy and performing again. Be well, Sir Elton. We love you.”
Speaking about the disease, Dr. Albert Rizzo, American Lung Association medical adviser, said, “If you have the symptoms listed above, even if they are mild, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Also, it’s important to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever medicine if you have a fever.
“The recovery time will vary from person to person and will depend on whether you have other medical conditions, such as asthma or COPD. Too slow a recovery rate and certainly any worsening of symptoms is information you should share with your doctor.
The American Lung Association also provides some tips to help people lower their risk of infection. These include:
- Get the flu shot every year to help prevent pneumonia caused by the flu.
- Talk to your doctor about getting a pneumonia vaccine (there is no vaccine for viral or mycoplasma pneumonia, but some people should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia).
- Exercise, eat a balanced diet, and get enough sleep.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with hot, soapy water.
- Do not smoke.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and encourage others to do the same to help prevent the spread of these infections.