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Breathe Easy, Prevent Pneumonia

During winter, diseases that are a hazard to your breathing and attack your lungs are common. We are at greater risk for flu and coughs, as well as for minor fevers, all of which have a role to play in lowering our defenses against more dangerous viruses.

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Pneumonia is a lung infection that amplifies breathing difficulties. The tricky aspect about this illness is that you can breathe the germs into your lungs, causing you to contract pneumonia. This means you can even catch it if you are in a gathering with a few people that have colds, as these germs are contagious. Its symptoms include coughs, breathing difficulties, and even a fever at times. Typically pneumonia can be treated at home but may require hospitalization for young children or older adults.

Here’s a list of measures that we can take in order to keep our lungs infection free:

  • Flu shots are important. The flu is one of those diseases that can lead to pneumonia due to the common symptoms. Because of this, it is  advised to get vaccinated against the flu.
  • Wash your hands. This is repeated in many medical advices, but it works. Viruses are ingested, germs are spread, and risk of infections decreases substantially if you follow this simple yet effective habit.
  • Hygiene is very important so when you use tissues, make sure to dispose of them immediately as they can carry bacteria that can enter the body.
  • Smoking increases the risk of catching pneumonia as it weakens the defenses of the lungs against viruses. Make sure you do not breathe in cigarette smoke (including passive smoking).
  • Always take care of your diet. A balance of nutrients in the body can keep your immune system intact and helps your body fend off a variety of attacks from viruses.