Community Acquired Pneumonia Can Be Very Common As We Age

Community acquired pneumonia, also referred to as CAP, is not what you think it is for several different reasons.

The hospital acquired form is fairly straight forward as it covers anyone that has developed this potential dangerous beast while in or visiting a hospital.

With CAP, on the other hand, the vast majority of people assume that it is acquired while in some kind of a “community setting”.

It is also their first belief that this form only attacks older seniors that are in nursing homes or any type of similar setting.

Community Acquired Pneumonia Has Nothing To Do With This

However, the truth is that Community acquired pneumonia has absolutely nothing to do with nursing homes or senior commonality settings.

For one simple reason; it is by definition the complete opposite.

This again surprises the vast majority of people and then they are even more surprised that we can and do get it in several different ways.

The only way we do not get it, is when we are in a hospital or any type of long-term care facility.

There are also some very interesting facts surrounding it and they include the following.

  • The age of the affected person dictates the type
  • There are several very effective vaccinations to prevent it
  • Despite this fact, very few people get a vaccination
  • It has skyrocketed in the last 10 years
  • It is estimated that there are close to 6 million cases each and every year.

What is also not well known is that pneumonia in any form is the 7th leading killer of people worldwide.

There Are Different Types of Community acquired pneumonia

This form, because of how we can and do get it, involves several of the most serious forms of this potential beast and killer.

There are also different types of Community acquired pneumonia, and as we all get older, this is very important for us to understand.

  • There are two basic forms; typical and atypical
  • The typical forms are caused by bacterium, viruses, or fungi infections
  • The typical form is much more dangerous
  • The atypical is almost always the result of a virus
  • Ages 12-50 generally develop atypical forms
  • The very young and adults over 55 develop typical forms

It is for this very reason that as we all get older, we need to not only be aware of this type, but all of types.

In our younger years, we were able to easily defeat this beast as it was considered to be atypical.

However, as we age and our immune system slows down, we cannot fight the more aggressive typical forms.

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It is Not A Specific Form-It Is a Classification

Community acquired pneumonia is not one of the specific forms; instead it is a classification of how we may be attacked by it.

As we all get older and we are the major focus of the typical forms, there are several risk groups or factors we fall into.

They include the following.

  • Any type of a chronic lung disease such as COPD or Bronchitis
  • Smoking any type of tobacco
  • A weakened or compromised immune system
  • Any type of recent surgery, even if it is out patient
  • Any type of a trauma
  • Brain disorders or challenges

Since any form of this beast is attacking our lungs and their ability to function properly, if we do have a lung challenge, we are at real danger.

As we get older and we still smoke and cannot or will not quite, we need to take a real serious look at getting a vaccination.

If we are affected by any type of a brain disorder such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s, it means that our immune system and the strength of our aging cells have been compromised.

A Recent Surgery Places Us At Risk

Any type of surgery regardless of how large or small, as we get older, takes us out of the Community acquired pneumonia arena.

What makes that dangerous is that it now puts us a hospital or medical environment, which is a very dangerous setting for this potential killer.

Any type of trauma sets our immune system into action, and if has become weak over the aging process, we cannot fight it like we used to.

There are several different signs and symptoms we can watch for that we may developing this beast, and they include the following.

  • A slow developing cough that produces
  • It will begin to produce green or yellow mucus
  • A shortness of breath and fast breathing
  • Small chest pains that become constant
  • Getting tired very easily

The good news is that it can, in most all cases, be easy to treat if you catch it early.

The Key Term Is To "Catch It Early"

That is the key term; “catch it early”.

As we begin to age, the longer it is allowed to live in our lungs, the more serious it becomes.

Treating it will involve and depend on the following.

  • It will be based on what actual form we have
  • Antibiotics will be used for the bacterial form
  • Viral forms will be treated by Antivirals
  • Fungal treatments will be used if it is this very dangerous form

There is also a very good chance we may have to be hospitalized

What is also not well known about Community acquired pneumonia is that with most any form, 40% of us will have to be hospitalized.

In our younger years, we could very easily beat this beast, but as we get older, we are the majority of this 40% number.

So what can we do to slow or prevent this potential and very real danger?

What We Can Do

Here are some of the things that as we age, can really help us fight it off.

  • Quit smoking—period
  • If you cannot quit—get a vaccination as fast as you can
  • Get a room humidifier and use it—several times a day once you get it
  • Take quick and deep breaths
  • Drink, drink, and drink liquids

Community acquired pneumonia can, even at our ages, be very easy to treat if you catch it early.

A room humidifier puts out warm and moist air.

This helps our lungs breakdown the buildup of the liquid or mucus that is developing.

Quick and deep breaths help our lungs to also expel it.

However, if you combine this with a lot of fluids, the mucus will come out a lot easier to get rid of when you cough.

References

https://www.drugs.com/cg/community-acquired-pneumonia.html

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