Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Inflammation of lungs, better known as pneumonia, is an acute infection of the lung tissue which includes alveoli and space in between them. It’s caused by one of the following causers: bacteria, virus, fungus, dust, chemicals, food or vomited matter. Modern medicine has divided pneumonias into two groups, typical bacterial and antitypical as these require different treatments. Bacterial pneumonias are usually caused by pneumococci or Moraxella catarrhalis. Atypical pneumonias are caused by bacteria such as Mycoplasma pmeumoniae, Chlamydia pneumonia, Legionella as well as respiratory viruses. Large epidemics appear in regular time intervals, every 4 to 6 years. Epidemic usually begins in autumn, develops gradually and lasts for a couple of months all the way up to spring. This is when a lot of school children acquire the condition as well as young adults.

Symptoms

Typical symptoms include coughs, fever and sometimes chest pain. Usually these develop after a couple of days and are known to come accompanied with pleuritic inflammation. Bacterial pneumonia commonly develops after an infection of the upper respiratory system. The beginning phase is usually very intense with a single fever to follow. Following symptoms are characteristic too: shakiness followed by fever, difficulties breathing on the affected side, coughs and heavy breathing in general. Many patients, especially elderly ones, can have some less obvious symptoms appearing in phases. Atypical pneumonias usually have less presence than bacterial ones as clinical symptoms are developed gradually.

Treatment methods

Treatment highly depends on the possible causer of the condition as well as severity of the symptoms. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics as one might expect such as penicillin. Quickly after the beginning of therapy patients get a huge relief but it’s important to take all the antibiotics in as doing otherwise might allow the disease to return. Atypical pneumonia may be treated with some antiviral drugs, but it’s more important to drink a lot of fluids and rest. Sometimes it takes a longer time to recover from a viral infection in comparison to the bacterial one.

Generally speaking, an inflammation is a natural, worthy process by which your body is defending from causers of diseases, trying to re-instate structures and function of the tissues. If you’re looking for a more natural type of treatment against pneumonia, homeopathy can help you out. There’s a huge specter of different homeopathic treatment against pneumonia which definitely aid towards treatment of the acute inflammation. It doesn’t work against the disease directly, but helps your body and your immune system to battle against the issue. Aconitum is one of the most successful treatments against pneumonia which will act almost miraculously if it is used in the beginning phases of the illness. Coughs appear suddenly in late afternoon, being dry and intensive, making the patient feel nervous and agitated. Belladonna is yet another highly efficient homeopathic medicine which is also administered in the beginning phases of the illness, making your throat ache a bit followed by a tickling cough. Combining these two in beginning phases has been proven to be quite an asset against pneumonia.