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?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind pneumonia consists of three steps:
|Weakened Immune System||12%||Unlikely|
|Chronic Bronchitis||2%||Ruled out|
|Congestive Heart Failure||2%||Ruled out|
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||1%||Ruled out|
|Vitamin A Need||1%||Ruled out|
Have you had Pneumonia?
Possible responses:→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Vitamin A deficiency reduces the ability of the cells lining the lungs to remove disease-causing microorganisms, increasing risk of pneumonia.
Alcoholism is a risk factor for the development of pneumonia.
Smoking is a risk factor for the development of pneumonia.
Heart failure is a risk factor for the development of pneumonia.
Lung diseases – such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema – are risk factors for the development of pneumonia.
Diabetes is a risk factor for the development of pneumonia.
People whose immune systems are suppressed, such as those with AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, are more susceptible to pneumonia.