Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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Definition

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a respiratory tract illness in which the alveoli in the lungs are filled with water, making the oxygen unable to enter the lungs for respiration. It is a common disease among the elderly, but it can affect people of all ages.

Diagnosis

The disease can be diagnosed during a breakout, or when the patient is already being treated in the hospital. X-rays can also detect presence of excess fluids in the alveoli.

Treatment

Patients with CAP need to have hospital treatment so that the infections in the respiratory system can be eliminated. The disease also requires constant monitoring to record prognosis.

Symptoms and Signs

Among the signs of CAP are fever, chills and shortness of breath, sputum, headaches and loss of appetite. The disease is not immediately recognized since the symptoms do not directly indicate the onset of the CAP.

Causes

CAP is caused by a variety of viruses and microorganisms that are present in the community. This is a common breakout disease among communities with poor sanitation practices.

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