Pneumonia : medical advice for the elderly

March, 2013

According to the NIT (National Institute of Health) pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in the elderly. It is therefore really important if you are providing care for elderly people that you are aware of the symptoms of this sometimes fatal disease so you can recognise the signs early on.

The stages of symptoms are -

on-set: at this stage patients may have symptoms similar to that of a respiratory infection, cold, or a bad case of the flu.

common: advice for the elderly is symptoms in older citizens will manifest as severe chills, cough and chest pain.

other: change in mental clarity. If someone 65 or over has pneumonia, they may show signs of disorientation or confusion. Having pneumonia may also cause the lips or nail beds to turn a bluish colour  This is caused by the body’s lack of oxygen. Some patients have a rapid pulse, difficultly breathing as well as nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.

If you’re providing elderly care help and think you loved one is suffering from the on-set of pneumonia please make an appointment with their GP.

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