The Dangers of Pneumonia Are Very Real As We Get Older 

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.

The Real Challenges Of The Dangers Of Pneumonia

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

  • A Cold creeps up on us
  • The Flu hits us very fast and without warning
  • Pneumonia is somewhere in between

However, once it does hit us, it piles onto us with such a fury that we may wonder what just hit us.

A Cold Starts Out Very Slow

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.

  • Fevers—in most all cases 99% or higher
  • Headaches as well as body aches
  • A very sudden fatigue
  • A dry, and that is the key, dry cough

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.

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The Most Common Symptoms

Here are the most common symptoms of the dangers of pneumonia.

  • A fever—but much higher
  • You will begin to feel like you cannot breath
  • You will begin having trouble catching your breath
  • Mucus that will be yellow or even green
  • If it is severe, this mucus will be bloody
  • The onset of slight and then sharp chest pains
  • A loss of appetite and then fatigue
  • An increased heartbeat

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.

The Three Key Components

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

  • The five different forms of this potential killer
  • The form depending on where it was acquired
  • The specific types we should all be worried about at our age

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.

The Five Major Forms

There are Five (5) major forms of this beast and they include the following.

  • The Bacterial form
  • The Viral form which is airborne
  • The Mycoplasma form
  • The Aspiration form
  • The Fungal form

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.

Be On Full Alert for The Following

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.

  • CAP—Community acquired
  • HAP—Hospital acquired
  • Health care acquired

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 pneumococcal type—this affects the ages of 5 and under, and 65 and older
  • The bronchial type—very common in our age group
  • The Lobar type-this affects our lode area of our lungs
  • The Bilateral type---very, very dangerous as it affects both lungs
  • The Eosinophilic type—very rare and very deadly

The dangers of pneumonia are very real for all of us as we get older.


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Aspiration Pneumonia

While not as well known, it is still very dangerous especially as we get older

Bacterial Pneumonia

This is the most common form and in most cases it is easy to treat

Community-acquired Pneumonia

There is a lot of misconception about it because of its name

Fungal Pneumonia

It has been exploding the last 15 years and no one is sure why

Hospital-acquired Pneumonia

This is perhaps the most dangerous of all the types

Mycoplasma Pneumonia

It is referred to as "Waking Pneumonia" and not dangerous until we get older

Viral Pneumonia

At our ages it no longer comes and goes like it used to

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