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Pneumonia: Symptoms and health tips

In pneumonia the pulmonary alveoli get infected. They become filled with white blood cells and fluid, not allowing as much oxygen through the membrane of the pulmonary alveoli into the blood.


The cause of pneumonia is often a bacterial infection. It can also be a serious complication of a viral infection, such as the flu or a cold. Sometimes fungi cause the infection. Very often, part of one lung is infected. If pneumonia is affecting both lungs, it is life-threatening.

Symptoms of pneumonia: how to recognize pneumonia?

If after a flu or a cold you keep on coughing, this may indicate pneumonia. But it could also be that you just got sick again. If it is accompanied with the following symptoms, it may indicate pneumonia:

  • Coughing up a lot of mucus
  • Fever
  • Feeling very sick
  • Being short of breath  
  • Sometimes pain with breathing
  • And tiredness

Treatment of pneumonia

When pneumonia is neglected and not treated in a timely manner, the pulmonary alveoli may weaken in such a way that the lung capacity is decreased.

Often a pneumonia is a complication of other diseases and indicates a very low resistance. Not a single form of pneumonia is appropriate for self-medication.  Therefore, consult your doctor if you suspect pneumonia. A doctor will prescribe antibiotics.

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What to do with pneumonia?

Contact your general practitioner if you think you have pneumonia. 

  • Quit smoking. 
  • Make sure that you drink sufficiently, especially if you have a fever.
  • You do not have to stay in bed, but do take it easy.

Nutrition advice with pneumonia

  • Choose light, wholesome foods full of vitamins and minerals, preferably organically grown.
  • Avoid heavy, protein-rich foods with much meat and meat products.
  • Avoid milk products, because they stimulate mucus production. Sour milk products are allowed, such as buttermilk, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  • Do not drink very hot drinks nor eat a heavy meal late in the evening.

Population at risk

Children, elderly people, people who are seriously or chronically ill (for instance diabetes), or have a weakened immune system, run a greater risk of getting pneumonia. Smokers or malnourished people also run a greater risk.


Since 1983, children are vaccinated against the pneumococcal bacteria.

Watch this video about natural support when you have the flu and diminished resistance from the beautiful A.Vogel Garden.

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