Monthly Archives March 2016

Pneumonia

Pneumonia by Jacob Gerlitz, NP What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the deepest part of the lungs where the cells exchange oxygen and waste material from the blood. The pathogen causing pneumonia – can be either a virus, bacteria or fungus. The pathogen – invades the lungs, causing inflammation that leads to cell death. As the body fights off the infection it can also lead to destruction of the lung tissue. The pathogens that cause pneumonia also affect other organs. This – and the activation of the immune system – is what causes the general-body symptoms such as
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