Pneumonia Essay

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Pneumonia

Pneumonia can be a serious threat to your health. Since the early 1960's pneumonia has
been second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of death related to respiratory
diseases.

Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs. The lungs' air sacs fill with pus,
mucus, and other liquid and can not function properly. Oxygen can not reach the blood. If
there is not enough oxygen in the blood, body cells can not work right and might die.
Lobar pneumonia affects a section of a lung. Bronchial pneumonia (or bronchopneumonia)
affects patches in both lungs.

Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over thirty different causes. One type is
bacterial pneumonia and it can attack anyone from infants through people that are real
old.

The second type of pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia. Because the symptoms and physical
signs of mycoplasma pneumonia are different from those of the original pneumococcal
pneumonia. Mycoplasma pneumonia was once thought to be caused by one or more hidden
viruses, and was called primary atypical pneumonia.

The pneumococcal medicine can protect people against strains of pneumococcus, which cause
9 out of 10 cases of pneumococcal sickness. The medicine provides a long-term solution
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