The dangers of pneumonia are very real for us at any age; however, once we pass the age of 55, it increases even more.
For one simple reason—we just become its biggest target.
We have heard about this threat for most of our adult lives, and for the vast majority of us, it may become our biggest threat.
In fact, it will not be a matter of “if”; it will be a matter of “when” it will attack us.
So what exactly is this dangerous condition, what are the different types, and what should we be watching for.
However, before going into all of that, let’s look a bit closer at how easily it can be confused with a common cold or even the flu.
Understanding these differences, especially at our age, can make a lot of difference.
What makes the dangers of pneumonia even more challenging to our age group is that we may not show all the classic symptoms at first.
We may have fewer symptoms, or even milder ones, and we may or may not have a fever.
One of the most telling signs of this potential killer is the mucus that is associated with it, and we also may or may not have that as well.
However, if you smoke, there will be little doubt that you will have mucus, and a lot more than normal.
Here are the basic differences to watch for
However, once it does hit us, it piles onto us with such a fury that we may wonder what just hit us.
When we catch a cold, it in most all cases, starts out very slowly. We may have a runny nose and a sore throat, which is quite common
However, if we get a fever or a headache, it is not a cold, not at our age.
The flu on the other hand, will give us very little warning signs—it just hits us all at once.
Here are the most common symptoms of the flu.
The dangers of pneumonia however, will hit us somewhere in between a cold or the flu.
The reason for this is quite simple; the infection that has caused it goes deeper into us and attacks our lungs.
There is also one other major difference; once the symptoms begin to surface, there will be a lot more of them.
Here are the most common symptoms of the dangers of pneumonia.
This potential killer is a lung infection that can be very mild at first, and then become quite severe.
It is the result of some form of bacteria or virus that has entered into our lungs.
In the vast majority of cases, we have breathed something into our lungs, and if you have had a cold, especially at our age, we have become a key target.
However, one of the most important things to understand with the dangers of pneumonia is to fully grasp and understand THREE key components.
They include the following
One of the biggest mistakes that people in our age group makes is thinking that there are just one or two forms of this potential killer.
As this website grows, several of these different forms will be covered in depth as this is perhaps the single biggest health issue any of us will ever face.
And sadly, in a lot of cases, it will be the last one that we will face and not beat.
There are Five (5) major forms of this beast and they include the following.
The bacterial form of this silent killer can affect anyone at any age and is considered to be the most common form.
The viral form is set off by the flu or a respiratory virus in our age group, and this is especially dangerous as it not only swells our lungs, it blocks our air flow.
The mycoplasma form is commonly referred to as “walking pneumonia”, and in most cases is easy to treat.
The aspiration form is caused by inhaling a bacterium, and at our age, can be very difficult to treat.
The fungal form is rare in the United States, but quite common in South America and Africa.
Next on the list of the dangers of pneumonia are where it is acquired and the real danger types we should all be concerned about.
Here are the most common acquired types/ places for this potential killer for our age groups and older.
If you are a caregiver like my wife and I were for 7 years, you need to be very aware of this not only for your parent you are caring for, but for yourselves.
However, the following specific types are something we should all do more research on, and will be covered in more depth as this website grows.
They include the following.
The dangers of pneumonia are very real for all of us as we get older.
While not as well known, it is still very dangerous especially as we get older
This is the most common form and in most cases it is easy to treat
There is a lot of misconception about it because of its name
It has been exploding the last 15 years and no one is sure why
This is perhaps the most dangerous of all the types
It is referred to as "Waking Pneumonia" and not dangerous until we get older
At our ages it no longer comes and goes like it used to
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