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Colds, Flu, and Pneumonia, Oh My!

By Donna Stark

The weather has been getting colder and colder, and I am sure you've been hearing an awful lot about the flu season coming up, haven't you? However, it is just as important to stay on top of another illness that's equally as dangerous to the older ones in your family -- pneumonia. Pneumonia is a life-threatening lung infection that can cause high fevers and serious breathing problems. It can be extremely dangerous for your loved ones who are older than age 65 who have pre-existing health conditions, or who have weakened immune systems, and it's definitely something you should know about and be very aware of.

Signs to Look For

Despite the fact that most people have heard about pneumonia, many do not know its symptoms, and that can be dangerous. Pneumonia is one of those illnesses that can easily change from mild to life-threatening in a very short amount of time, so pay attention to your loved ones. Here are some of the red flags to look for.

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Persistent cough
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Non-respiratory issues such as confusion, delirium, or dizziness

Reduce Your Risk

Getting medical attention as soon as you can is exactly what you want to do if you suspect pneumonia, because in addition to helping you or your loved one deal successfully with its symptoms, seeing a doctor could also be lifesaving! But in the meantime, you can also take the necessary steps to reduce everyone's risk of coming down with it in the first place. Here are some great suggestions on how to do so.

  • Avoid smoking - Smoking and second-hand smoke can limit the lungs' ability to fight infection
  • Get vaccinated - At-risk seniors should consider getting the vaccine that helps prevent and reduces the severity of bacterial pneumonia
  • Stay alert - Learn to recognize the symptoms of pneumonia and make a note of any changes in yours or your loved one's health, especially if they have a preexisting condition
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle - Wash hands regularly, practice good oral hygiene, disinfect common living areas, avoid sharing utensils and drinks, get plenty of rest, exercise daily, and consume a nutrient-dense diet

Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

Pneumonia is a serious disease, so take the time to help your loved ones stay well. By strengthening their immune system, maintaining healthy habits, and getting prompt medical treatment if it is ever needed, the risk of them getting sick can be significantly reduced. So stay warm and stay healthy this winter season!

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