Mycoplasma pneumonia is considered by one to be one of the mildest and least dangerous forms of this condition.
However, as we all begin to age, there could be nothing further from the truth.
In fact, according to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and prevention, it is still very dangerous to older adults.
If you are past the age of 55, it is the second leading form of this vicious condition that results in hospitalization.
It is also known as “walking pneumonia”, and for years it was considered not to be as dangerous of the other forms.
Mycoplasma pneumonia is also been referred to as “atypical” again for one simple reason; it is not considered nearly as dangerous.
Again that may be the case if you are in your 20’s through your 40’s, but once you reach our age bracket, we just became its major target.
Here are the people with the highest risks of developing it
As we all get older, our once very powerful immune system is starting to age just like we are.
Because of this, we cannot fight off infections like we used to nearly as well.
Mycoplasma pneumonia is caused by a bacterium, and it is extremely contagious. It is this fact that makes us so vulnerable to getting it.
There is another very challenging aspect with this form of this very dangerous beast; at least 20% of all lung conditions develop as a result of it.
Take a minute and think about that.
Next time someone tells you that this “walking form” of this beast is not that serious, think again that 1 in every 5 lung conditions are the result of it.
Mycoplasma pneumonia is considered to be a respiratory infection that again, is very contagious.
Here are some more very interesting and challenging facts about it.
However, there are more very challenging facts about it especially if it is not caught and treated and becomes severe.
With these facts, again once someone tries to tell you that it is not that serious, totally ignore them if you are 55 years or older.
The bacterium that is a trigger to it has literally 200 plus species, and once it is inside of our body, it travels to our lungs.
Once there, it attaches to our lungs.
In our younger years our immune system very easily handled this bacterium with little or no effort, the major reason the “walking” form was not considered to be that serious.
The symptoms of Mycoplasma pneumonia are consistent with the thought process that this “walking” form is not that dangerous.
They will include a dry cough that does not have any of the sputum the other forms have, as well as a mild to moderate fever.
You may also feel the symptoms of “malaise” which is just an overall discomfort that something is just not right.
A mild chest pain or shortness of breath is also not uncommon.
However, once again, at our ages, if it is not caught and properly treated, it can become quite severe and the symptoms will be much, much different.
They include the following
Once of these skin conditions, Stevens-Johnsons syndrome, can and does cause toxic reactions in our skin.
There is another very troubling aspect with Mycoplasma pneumonia; there is no known vaccination for it.
While most all of the other forms of this beast can be slowed or prevented with a vaccination, this form cannot.
This reason is believed to be the commonality of the bacterium that triggers it and the sheer number of the different species.
However, there are several things that we can do as we get older to help prevent it, and here is the first list.
The vast majority of all cases of this form of pneumonia occur in the late summer and fall months.
It is believed that the reason for this is this is when the bacterium that causes it is at full strength.
It is also the peak time when schools at all levels starts again, and the breeding ground is prime for spreading.
Other things you can do include the following
Smoking not only damages our lungs, but the older we get, the more damages it does.
Exercise combined with a good diet, will helps to generate our cells and helps again to maintain our immune system the best we can.
Eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants will help maintain our aging immune system, and sleep helps this process.
Mycoplasma pneumonia attacks with fluid releases, and if you are in crowed areas and someone coughs or sneezes; cover up your mouth.
You cannot control what they do, but we can control what we do.
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