Causes Of Pneumonia

Knowing And Avoiding Pneumonia Causes

By: - Disease & Illness - November 14, 2011
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There are many types of pneumonia and the causes of pneumonia will depend on the type. There are four known types of pneumonia and each of them will have different causes. The four known types are bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonia, fungal pneumonia and parasitical pneumonia. Two of the types, bacterial and viral, are the most common types and probably the only types you will find in the US except in very rare cases. If you travel to areas that have less than perfect hygienic practices or that may have bacteria or parasites your body is not used to, you may also find yourself with fungal or parasitical pneumonia.

Bacterial pneumonia is most commonly caused by the bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. This bacteria is referred to as a community acquired bacteria meaning that anyone can come in contact with it throughout their daily routine. It is bacteria such as this that causes diseases such as pneumonia, as well as other common diseases out there which is why it is so important to wash your hands and stay away from those who are not covering their mouths or noses when coughing or sneezing. It is also important for you to realize that Streptococcus pneumoniae is just one of the bacterial causes of pneumonia. If fact, it is possible to be infected with more than one bacteria at a time. Some of these bacteria that are pneumonia causes can be quite dangerous including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, which is resistant to antibiotics.

Viral pneumonia causes generally are the same viruses that cause the common cold as well as common influenza. These viruses that cause pneumonia typically will give you a less mild case of pneumonia than you may get with the type caused by bacteria. There is no great treatment for viral pneumonia as you cannot kill a virus with medications like antibiotics. Usually you can only treat the symptoms of the pneumonia by taking over the counter medications and get a lot of rest and fluids. It is important to treat your body right when you have viral pneumonia since it can make your body the perfect environment for bacteria to move in, making the illness even worse than it was previously.

The less common causes of pneumonia, those caused by fungi and parasites are very rare in the US. If you have traveled to any developing country or have been around others who have been to developing countries and have noticed symptoms of pneumonia, you should definitely get in to see the doctor. It is also possible that the germ that causes tuberculosis can also cause pneumonia and would be placed in this category of the illness.

Now that you know the pneumonia causes that are out there, it is important to know how to avoid these causes as much as you possibly can. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid these causes, but caution should be utilized at all times, especially when the weather gets cold and people are more likely to get viruses and bacterial infections. There are some cases, such as if you know you have a weakened immune system, to take extra steps in order to avoid the bacterial and viral causes of pneumonia. For instance, you may want to avoid anyone who looks sick or who is coughing or sneezing. You may also want to wear a mask as well to protect yourself from breathing in any pathogens.