As Omicron continues to spread, the risk of people developing long-term health complications continues to increase. Here are the symptoms of pneumonia, a common illness caused by Covid
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A major danger with Covid is that you never know which direction your symptoms will go. While some show only mild symptoms, others may end up suffering long-term health issues from the virus.
A common complication that can develop after any viral infection, including coronavirus, is pneumonia, a condition that causes your lungs to swell.
The onset of pneumonia can be quite sudden, appearing within 48 hours. The NHS has warned that lung disease can lead to symptoms such as a cough producing phlegm.
You can also expect to see thick yellow, green and brown mucus when you cough, sometimes it can also be stained with blood.
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Here is everything you need to know about the symptoms of pneumonia and the best way to stop it from developing.
What are the symptoms of pneumonia that you should know about?
One of the first signs of pneumonia may be in your breathing, which may become more labored.
Your breathing could be described as “quick and shallow” and you might find yourself short of breath even while resting.
You may also develop chest pain, which may get worse when you breathe or cough. Other common signs may include a rapid heartbeat, high temperature, sweating and chills, loss of appetite, and generally feeling unwell.
The less common symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, wheezing, joint and muscle pain, and confusion and disorientation.
Anyone showing signs of pneumonia is advised to use the NHS 111 online service. However, if you start to cough up blood or have difficulty breathing, it may be best to call 999 for an answer. ambulance.
Who is at risk of developing pneumonia?
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The people most at risk of developing pneumonia are:
Babies and very young children
People who smoke
People with other health problems such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, heart, kidney or liver disease
While mild pneumonia can be treated at home with plenty of rest and drink, certain risk groups may develop more severe symptoms and may require hospital treatment.
The NHS has explained that whether or not a person develops serious or fatal complications depends on their health and age.
Some complications include pleurisy, which is when the lining between the lungs and the rib cage becomes inflamed, leading to respiratory failure, lung abscess, and blood poisoning.
How to prevent pneumonia
The best way to reduce the risk of developing pneumonia is to make lifestyle changes, including being a non-smoker. This is because smoking damages the lungs and increases the risk of infection.
Another tip would be to limit alcohol consumption, as alcohol abuse can weaken the lungs’ natural ability to fight infection.
Anyone at high risk of contracting pneumonia is also advised to get a flu shot. You can also get vaccinated against Covid, including the booster to avoid developing pneumonia as a side effect of Covid.