The swelling (inflammation) of lung tissue in one or both lungs is known as pneumonia. Typically, a bacterial infection is to blame. Your lungs include collections of small air sacs at the ends of the breathing tubes. These small sacs inflame and fill with fluid if you have pneumonia. Pneumonia complications are more frequent in young children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing illnesses like diabetes. The following are potential pneumonia complications:
When the pleura, which is a small layer of tissue that sits between your lungs and ribs, becomes irritated, which can cause respiratory failure.
A LUNG ABSCESS
An uncommon consequence that is often observed in patients who have a major underlying medical condition or a history of excessive alcohol abuse.
BLOOD POISONING (SEPTICAEMIA)
Another uncommon but deadly consequence is blood poisoning (septicaemia). If you experience one of these side effects, you will be hospitalised for treatment.
Even though the majority of pneumonia illnesses are bacterial and not contagious, maintaining proper hygiene practises will help stop germs from spreading. For instance, you should routinely wash your hands to prevent spreading germs to other people or things, cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw away used tissues right away because germs can survive for several hours after they leave your nose or mouth.
Additionally, pneumonia can be avoided by leading a healthy lifestyle. For instance, you should refrain from smoking since it harms your lungs and raises your risk of infection.
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