A lung infection is the colloquial term used to describe an infection of the lower respiratory tract. It is a painful condition which weakens the patient and could lead to other health problems for the patient. A lung infection may be acute or chronic. And while it is possible to manage the former through home remedies, the only way to deal with the latter is to start a treatment cycle prescribed by your GP. People with already compromised immune systems, such as a children and pregnant women, are more prone to be affected by a lung infection. Usually when diagnosing a lung infection doctors prescribe treatments based on whether the lung infection is in the form of bronchitis or pneumonia. While bronchitis may be caused due to a bacteria or virus, pneumonia is caused due environmental factors or a nosocomial infection.
Main Symptoms of Lung Infection
1) Symptoms of Viral Lung Infection: Some of the more common, yet non-severe symptoms of a viral lung infection are cough, sore throat, mild fever, and runny nose. An earache can be experienced in some rare instances. Other symptoms reported by patients include difficulty breathing, wheezing and dehydration. In severe cases, the person with this condition may display blue lips.
2) Symptoms of Bacterial Lung Infection: A bacterial lung infection is usually the result of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The most commonly observed symptom of a bacterial lung infection is inflammation. This is as a result of the release of histamine by infected cells, which causes swelling in addition to the production of mucus and increased blood flow. Skin irritation is also likely with MRSA related lung infections. The patient’s skin may appear red, dry and feel itchy. If pus-filled, pimple-like bumps appear, these tend to be quite contagious, passing on from one person to another through skin contact. Other symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, aches and pains, tiredness, and urinary tract infections in more severe instances.
3) Symptoms of Candida Lung Infection: A lung infection by Candida can result in a condition similar to pneumonia and the flu. Common symptoms of this infection are mild fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, cold, muscular pain, fatigue, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough and the production of extra mucus.
4) Other Symptoms: A person suffering from a viral or bacterial lung infection may experience more severe fever, great difficulty breathing, and a significant change in the color and texture of mucus, and pain or tightness in the chest which feels worse when you cough or breathe deeply.
Whatever the symptoms may be, a lung infection can get severe and cause long term health problems if it continues untreated. The difference between the symptoms of a lung infection and that of an upper respiratory tract infection is the severity of the symptoms in the former’s case. Smoking is one of the major causes for acute and chronic lung infections, and can lead to recurring bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia. Which can not only be extremely painful for the patient, but could eventually turn out to be fatal.
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