Pneumonia symptoms

Use of an uncontrolled antipyretic may mask symptoms of pneumonia

Use of an uncontrolled antipyretic may mask symptoms of pneumonia

Dr. U. Seha Akduman, specialist in chest diseases from Yeditepe University Hospital in Kosuyolu, gave information on pneumonia and cautioned on what should be considered.

Pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death in the UK and US, and the 5th in Turkey. Specialist in Chest Diseases from Yeditepe University Koşuyolu Hospital, who said that early and correct treatment is therefore lifesaving in this important problem that can occur with various microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Instructor U. Seha Akduman gave the following information on statistics indicating the severity of pneumonia:

“The data shows that the mortality rate for outpatients is 1-5%, compared to 12% for hospitalized cases and 40% for patients requiring intensive care. In studies conducted in our country, the mortality rate from pneumonia varies between 1% and 60%, depending on the severity of the disease. It has been shown that the rate is significantly higher (10.3-60%) in severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization.

Stating that the fever seen in pneumonia is an indicator of the fight against microbes, Dr. U. Seha Akduman, instructor, however, said that people over 65 with weakened immunity may not have a reaction. feverish and went on to say:

“Classic signs, fever, cough, sputum production, chest pain are the most common symptoms. However, patients may also experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, nausea-vomiting, frequent breathing, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. However, it is important for older people to be more careful. Because in elderly patients, pneumonia can occur only with impaired consciousness without fever.

Stating that late diagnosis of pneumonia increases the risk of death, especially after the increase in viral upper respiratory tract infections during the current period, the addition of persistent cough, sputum production of dark color and shortness of breath can be a sign of newly developed pneumonia. Inst. U. Akduman said: “There is one point I would like to draw attention to here. Uncontrolled use of drugs or antipyretic agents for upper respiratory tract infections can suppress fever and symptoms. In this case, the diagnosis of pneumonia will be delayed, because going to the doctor will be delayed. For this reason, drugs should not be used without a doctor’s recommendation. After viral infections, it is important to get a good rest, get enough quality sleep, pay attention to fluid intake and nutrition. Regular use of vitamins related to the immune system, such as vitamin D, is also recommended.

Recalling that COPD, asthma, diabetes, patients with chronic kidney disease, cancer patients and people receiving chemotherapy must absolutely protect themselves against pneumonia and influenza, Dr. U. Seha Akduman, specialist chest diseases, gave the following information about what to pay attention to. :

“Smoking is a very serious risk factor for pneumonia. For this reason, if the patient uses it, he must absolutely stop and even stay away from places where he may be exposed to cigarette smoke so as not to be a passive smoker. In addition, it is important that people with weakened immunity stay away from crowded environments and pay attention to the use of masks in terms of protection.