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What are the 4 stages of pneumonia
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The 4 stages of Pneumonia are Consolidation, Red Hepatization, Grey Hepatization, and Resolution.
- Consolidation (Congestion)
- The presence of exudate (a mass of cells and fluid) begins.
- Occurs during the first 24 hours
- Lasts about 1 day
- Red Hepatization (Early Consolidation)
- When red blood cells, white blood cells (neutrophils ), and fibrin (fibers in the blood that help with clotting) in the alveolus/ alveoli (the tiny air sacs of the lungs) enter the fluid-filled lungs.
- Occurs 2 to 3 days after Consolidation
- Lasts from 2 to 4 days
- Grey Hepatization (Late Consolidation)
- The red blood cells during the previous stage - red hepatization have begun to disintegrate, the fibrin mass and fluid continue to persist. In this stage, the lung tissue turns yellow to grayish-brown.
- Occurs 2 to 3 days after Red Hepatization
- Lasts from 4 to 8 days
- Resolution (Restoration)
- This stage means that the patient has completely recovered.
- Occurs from day 6 to 13, with full recovery lasting more than 28 days.
Early Signs of Pneumonia
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Sharp or stabbing chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy
What is Pneumonia?
- Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs and can be viral or bacterial, with most people coming down with the latter.
How to treat Pneumonia?
- Your first step should be to see a qualified physician so that they can give you an official diagnosis and prescribe any medications such as an antibiotic or an anti-viral.
- After you have visited a primary care physician or walk-in clinic, you may experience a fever which can be controlled with aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen (Aleve, Wal-Proxen, Naprosyn)
- Drinking fluids helps to bring up phlegm and loosen secretions.
- Cough medicines should be avoided since coughing is your body's way of removing the infection.
- Humidifiers, steam baths, and warm drinks help to ease your breathing and open up your airways, hot tea with honey is a favorite around our house.
- Do not smoke, stay away from wood fires, etc.
- Rest, rest, rest, and more rest.
- If your symptoms persist or worsen notify your physician to get their recommendations.