Pneumonia attacks the aged. The weather outside is just beautiful, but be careful for this is pneumonia weather. Temperatures vary from day to day and it is important to dress in layers. As the temperature rises you can peel off clothing to become more comfortable. For the elderly, many are subject to feel temperature changes more intensely because of the way their own bodies operate and or the influence of certain medications. Colds can easily develop and become airborne for others to catch. The common cold is a viral infection and there are over 200 strains of cold viruses; your body may be able to protect you from some and not others. This is the main reason why there is no cure for the common cold. Americans spend billions on over-the-counter cold medications. The important thing is to treat the symptoms early so that it does not develop into a secondary infection; which is a lot more serious.

Colds weaken the upper respiratory system, which makes the body more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections. Secondary infections can include bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, ear and sinus infections. Some doctors require their elderly patients to be immunized for the sake of prevention. There is a lot of controversy over vaccines that fight flu and pneumonia. Some people are sold on them while others tend to feel the vaccine causes the infection. For the elderly, particularly those living in group settings or those coming in contact with many different people; the vaccine is really needed. Along with the vaccine which prevents or lowers the risk of infection, one also needs a healthy diet, plenty of fluids, vitamin C and uniform temperatures in their environment.

The common cold should show signs of improvement after a week, though there may still be some coughing.
However, if a fever lasts more than a few days chest pain, difficulty breathing, a cough accompanied by green, yellow or gray sputum swollen glands, white spots on the tonsils or chronic fatigue indicates there is a secondary infection and needs your doctor’s attention. In many cases, an antibiotic will correct the problem, but again attention by a physician is needed to prevent further complications from happening. As one age the immune system produces fewer white cells for fighting infections. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control), approximately 70% of healthy adults carry the S pneumonia e in their nose or throat at any given time. Understand that this is a serious disease which affects the upper respiratory system and can damage the lungs. Those 50 years of age and older are at greater risk of developing the disease, especially during cold season. However, cold season is not the only time one can develop the disease; one only has to have contact with a carrier or the bacteria can be spread by a cough or sneeze. Hospitalization is greater for the elderly who develop the disease and studies indicate the average hospital stay is approximately six days. The American Lung Association pledges its efforts to improve lung health and preventing lung disease. Complications of the respiratory system or with breathing can be a life-threatening issue, so take it seriously and get help.