Double pneumonia is a lung infection affecting both lungs. The infection triggers inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs or alveoli which are filled with pus or fluid. This ensuing swelling causes difficulty breathing.
The usual causes of pneumonia include bacteria and viruses. Even infection from parasites or fungi can also cause the condition.
The indications of double pneumonia are the same as pneumonia in one lung. The indications are not usually severe because both lungs are infected.
The usual indications include the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart and breathing rate
- Fever, chills and sweating
- Coughing with phlegm
When to consult a doctor
If the individual has difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, a doctor must be seen right away or bring him/her to the nearest emergency department.
The indications of pneumonia strikingly resemble the flu or common cold. In case the symptoms are severe or last more than 3 days, a doctor should be consulted. If not treated, it can lead to lasting lung damage.
Double pneumonia is treated in the same manner as one that affects only one lung. The treatment is based on the cause and severity as well as the age and overall health. Generally, the treatment might include over-the-counter medications to relieve the fever and pain such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen.
The recovery can be hastened by taking the prescribed medications, adequate rest and increasing the intake of fluids.
If proper treatment is started, a healthy individual can recover within 3-5 days. If there are no underlying health conditions, the individual can resume normal activities in a week or so. The mild symptoms including fatigue and cough might last longer.
If the individual was hospitalized, the recovery time might be longer.
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