A lung infection is the colloquial term used to describe an infection of the lower respiratory tract. It is a painful condition which weakens the patient and could lead to other health problems for the patient. A lung infection may be acute or chronic. And while it is possible to manage the former through home remedies, the only way to deal with the latter is to start a treatment cycle prescribed by a physician. People with already compromised immune systems, such as a children and pregnant women, are more prone to be affected by a lung infection. Usually, when diagnosing a lung infection doctors prescribe treatments based on whether the lung infection is in the form of bronchitis or pneumonia. While bronchitis may be caused due to a bacteria or virus, pneumonia is caused due environmental factors or a nosocomial infection.
Main Symptoms of Lung Infection
1) Symptoms of Viral Lung Infection: Some common symptoms of a lung infection include coughing, throat pain, the onset of a fever, and a running nose. If the condition is left untreated the symptoms can extend to trouble in breathing, and a wheezing cough. In extreme conditions, the patient may also exhibit blue lips.
2) Symptoms of Bacterial Lung Infection: Bacterial lung-infections are generally caused by the bacteria Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Inflammation is the most common symptom exhibited by those suffering from a bacterial lung infection. A patient suffering from a bacterial lung infection may also from dry and itchy skin. Additional symptoms that may manifest themselves as the condition worsens can include difficulty in breathing, fever, chills, and body pain.
3) Symptoms of Candida Lung Infection: A lung infection by Candida can result in symptoms that are similar to those that arise during pneumonia or the flu. The most common symptoms of this infection are mild fever temperatures, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, cold, body pain, fatigue, and headache.
4) Other Symptoms: A person suffering from a viral or bacterial lung infection may experience more severe fever, great difficulty breathing, and a significant change in the color and texture of mucus, and pain or tightness in the chest which feels worse when you cough or breathe deeply.
Whatever the symptoms may be, a lung infection can get severe and cause long term health problems if it continues untreated. The difference between the symptoms of a lung infection and that of an upper respiratory tract infection is the severity of the symptoms in the former’s case. Smoking is one of the major causes for acute and chronic lung infections, and can lead to
recurring bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia. Which can not only be extremely painful for the patient, but could eventually turn out to be fatal.