Know How to Identify Pneumonia in the Earliest Stages

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Posted Jun 25th, 2019 in Dealing With Chronic Illness

Know How to Identify Pneumonia in the Earliest Stages

The vaccine for pneumonia is effective, but it's not the only measure your parents should use. Preventative measures are important. One of them is to recognize the signs of pneumonia in the earliest stages.

What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?

In a mild case of pneumonia, your mom or dad may appear to have a cold or flu. There can be a cough that brings up mucus. Your parent may feel especially tired or have a fever. The symptoms may go on longer than expected. Rather than wait and see if it worsens, it's best to call a doctor for recommendations.

Pneumonia may worsen and lead to chills or sweating, confusion, forgetfulness. Your parent may find it hard to breathe. Breathing in may make the chest ache. It's especially important to seek medical attention at this point. Don't put it off.

Help Prevent Pneumonia

In addition to getting the pneumococcal vaccination, your parents should wash hands regularly, especially after touching something others have touched. Door knobs, buttons on ATM or at store checkouts, and pens at banks and businesses are covered in germs. If they can't immediately wash their hands, an antibacterial gel is a temporary measure.

If your parent is sick, they should take it easy. They need to listen to their body and rest when it's needed. If they have a chronic condition or a weakened immune system, they must see a doctor and make sure they're doing everything possible to aid the recovery.

Your parent should eat foods that help their immune system. A diet that is high in fiber is important. Your mom or dad need to focus the bulk of their diet on fresh fruits and vegetables. Lean proteins and fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids are also important. Staying hydrated is equally beneficial to helping the body fight illnesses by ensuring the blood is oxygenated.

When cooking meals and shopping for groceries is hard for your parents, start a conversation about caregivers. Caregivers can help your parent create a weekly menu, shop for ingredients, prep the ingredients, and cook the meal. All it takes is one call to set up an assessment.

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