Pneumonia Dubai | 15 November 2021

When you get pneumonia – whether it was caused by bacteria, a virus, or a fungus – there’s a chance it could lead to other medical troubles. Learn the signs of these complications and get treatment right away to keep any health problems you get under control.

If bacteria caused your pneumonia, they could get into your blood, especially if you didn’t see a doctor for treatment. It’s a problem called bacteremia.

Bacteremia can lead to a serious situation known as septic shock. It’s a reaction to the infection in your blood, and it can cause your blood pressure to drop to a dangerous level. When your blood pressure is too low, your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your organs, and they can stop working. Get medical help right away if you notice symptoms like:

– fever

– fast heart rate

– fast breathing

– chills that make you shiver

– low blood pressure

– stomach upset (nausea, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea)

– confusion

When you have pneumonia, it’s possible for your lungs to fill with fluid. If that happens, they won’t be able to transfer enough oxygen to your blood or get rid of the carbon dioxide in your blood. It’s a serious condition because your organs need oxygen to work. If your pneumonia is severe or you’re in the hospital to treat it, your care team will watch you for signs of this rare – but life-threatening – complication. You’re more likely to get respiratory failure if you’re being treated in the hospital, have a weak immune system or you’re elderly.

Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:

– fast breathing or not being able to breathe fully

– feel like you cannot get enough air

– racing or irregular heart rate

– confusion

– a bluish tint to your skin, fingertips, or lips

– extreme restlessness

– anxiety

– fatigue

– sweating

– losing consciousness

If you have bacteremia or septic shock, your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your kidneys. It’s not a common complication of pneumonia, but it’s serious because your kidneys will stop working if they’re not getting enough blood. Your odds of getting kidney failure are higher if you’re in the hospital or have other medical conditions on top of your pneumonia.

Contact Dr. Barbara Karin Vela today to schedule an appointment.

Dr Barbara Karin Vela is an International Member of Royal College Of General Practitioners, UK

Pneumonia Dubai | 15 November 2021