Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: After US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton fainted during 15th anniversary ceremony of 9/11, her physician Dr. Lisa Bardack revealed that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia and put on antibiotics.
The health officials have confirmed that the 68-year old is recovering well from the illness but needs rest and some modifications in her schedule.
As the news of Hilary's pneumonia started floating over the internet, many people initiated their search about the symptoms, risk factors and treatment of the disease.
Here we are going to explain some important facts about the illness:
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by a variety of different things, from bacteria to flu virus. When the infection occurs, lungs air sacs start producing mucus to fight that infection which thereby block the passage of oxygen into the bloodstream.
What are the symptoms?
- Shortness of breath
- Chest Pain
- Shaking chills
Who is most at risk?
Older adults, children with weak immune system, and people with chronic disease are most vulnerable.
How is it treated?
Treatment of pneumonia depends upon its type and severity. Rest and plenty of water with some antibiotics can cure mild infection. But if symptoms are severe, hospital treatment will be needed.
How can it be prevented?
- Practice good hygiene habits
- Timely vaccination
- Healthy diets (diets that boosts immune system)
- Say no to smoking