Temple health says prevention is key.
Pneumonia is a real concern this time of year. And when left untreated, it can be fatal.
“We’re talking about 60,000 people dying from pneumonia every year, it’s the biggest killer of any infectious disease outside of what we’re seeing right now with the COVID stuff every year. a big, big thing “, says pulmonologist Dr Patrick Mulhall.
Temple Health said prevention is key, especially if you have risk factors.
“They may have co-morbidities such as COPD, asthma, possibly an uncontrolled hypertensive type diabetic patient who requires further care,” said nurse practitioner Tanya Bronzell-Wynder.
“Get the flu shot, get the pneumonia shot if you’re eligible, they won’t necessarily stop you from doing it, but if you do, they’ll make it a lot easier for your body to process it.” said Dr Mulhall.
If you do get sick, be sure to watch your symptoms and their duration, even if you are on treatment.
“Say three to five days after starting treatment, this is usually the time when you should start to see improvement,” Bronzell-Wynder said.
This means that you still have a fever, your cough does not improve, and you are short of breath.
“This is the time when we tell you to go to the hospital,” Bronzell-Wynder said.
They also said if you are sick hydrate yourself hydrate. That means 72 to 84 ounces of fluid per day.
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