Pneumonia or inflammation of the lungs may vary in form and severity. And it contributes to the development of bacterial, viral or fungal infection, an inhaled chemical poisoning, toxic substances, and various injuries and prolonged bed rest.
The damage to the lung tissue in pneumonia may be full or partial. It depends on the degree of severity of the disease and its outcome, because the amplified blood flow to the inflamed areas causing the filling of the pulmonary vesicles of inflammatory effusion, and the displacement of one air. This in turn leads to compaction of the pulmonary tissue and impaired gas exchange. The inflammatory process in the lungs is reversible, if you take timely action and appropriate treatment. But you need to be able to recognize the signs of inflammation of the lungs.
The main signs of inflammation of the lungs refers to high temperature up to 39-40oC, severe chills, cough. However, these symptoms are common to many colds, so most should alert the pain side of chest, when breathing, coughing and sneezing. First, they appear periodically and then have a constant aching in nature. Breath because of this it becomes frequent and superficial, and shortness of breath. Due to the high temperature the skin becomes dry and scaly.
No less important a sign of inflammation of the lungs is flushed cheeks, more pronounced on the part affected by the inflammatory process of the lung. Around the lips and nostrils can appear cold sores. 2-3 days after onset of illness with a cough begins to stand out phlegm brownish-rusty color. Urine also becomes dark in color and stands out in small quantities.
In the untimely appeal to the doctor may be a violation of the cardiovascular and nervous systems that is manifested by heart palpitations and headaches. But the most severe consequence is the swelling of the lungsthat leads to death. With a favorable course of pneumonia, the improvement comes at a 7-9 day.
When focal pneumonia, when the inflammatory process involved separate regions of the lung, the symptoms may be mild and often resemble bronchitis. The disease can last for a long time, then subsided, forming new foci of inflammation. Often due to the lack of proper treatment focal pneumonia leaves adhesions in the lungs.
Access to a doctor should be the first questionable pain in the chest. This will allow to obtain timely and proper treatment of inflammation of the lungs and will help to avoid possible complications.