What Causes Pneumonia?
To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of pneumonia we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow pneumonia to develop?"
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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind pneumonia consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to pneumonia. Here are seven possibilities:
- Weakened Immune System
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Diabetes II
- Vitamin A Need
- Alcohol Consequences
- Cigarette Smoke Damage
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
bitter taste in mouth
much secondhand smoke exposure
having had a small bowel resection
recent onset nausea
congestive heart failure
reduced sense of taste
very great unexplained weight gain
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of pneumonia:
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
|Weakened Immune System
|Vitamin A Need
|Congestive Heart Failure
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Respiratory Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about pneumonia:
Have you had Pneumonia?
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of pneumonia or pneumonia, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Vitamin A Requirement
Vitamin A deficiency reduces the ability of the cells lining the lungs to remove disease-causing microorganisms, increasing risk of pneumonia.
Weakened Immune System
People whose immune systems are suppressed, such as those with AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, are more susceptible to pneumonia.
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