Pulmonary Anthrax

Below you will find more information about Pulmonary Anthrax from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Pulmonary Anthrax it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Pulmonary Anthrax and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Pulmonary Anthrax comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Pulmonary anthrax is inhaled lung anthrax. Among the different degrees of sickness, pulmonary anthrax is the most severe. Anthrax is a highly dangerous bacterial infection, ans is most often fatal. Other names of pulmonary anthrax include: Lung Anthrax, Inhaled anthrax, and Inhalation anthrax.

Diagnosis

Doctors may examine the symptoms of this disease and any of its complications. Risk factors may also be checked as well as other related conditions to rule out its symptoms.

Treatment

Treatment for Pulmonary Anthrax may include any or a combination of the following medications: antibiotics, ciprofloxacin (Cipro), Doxycycline, penicillin, or multiple antibiotics. The doctor may also change treatment plan depending on the progression of the disease.

Symptoms and Signs

Initial symptoms of pulmonary anthrax may resemble a common cold. It may also show sore throat, mild fever, muscle ache and malaise. After several days, the symptoms may progress to severe breathing problems and shock with meningitis developing. Some symptoms like nasal congestion and runny nose may not be apparent in all cases.

Causes

Anthrax spores inhaled and lodged into the lungs. Incubation period of these spores may be from 1 to 7 days, sometimes up to 60 days. Anthrax is bacterial in nature.

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