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Pneumonia:  Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by infection. Bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a particular concern if you are older than 65 or have a chronic illness or weak immune system. It can also occur in young, healthy people.

Common symptoms of pneumonia include:
  •     a cough – which may produce thick mucus (phlegm) that is yellow, green, brownish or blood-stained
  •     fever
  •     difficulty breathing
Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. Pneumonia can also be a complication of another condition such as the flu. Antibiotics can treat most common forms of bacterial pneumonias but antibiotic-resistant strains are a growing problem. The best approach is to try to prevent infection.

If you feel very unwell and experience any of the symptoms of pneumonia, see your doctor. You may need a chest X-ray or further tests to confirm the diagnosis. If you are experiencing severe symptoms – such as rapid breathing, chest pain or confusion – seek urgent medical attention.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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