Know the basics
What is mycoplasma pneumonia?
Mycoplasma pneumonia is a lung infection. This disease is caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae. This is atypical pneumonia because it has other symptoms with pneumonia from other common viral infections.
How common is mycoplasma pneumonia?
This disease usually occurs in people under 40 years old. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of mycoplasma pneumonia?
These symptoms are usually mild and start 2 to 3 weeks after infection. The common symptoms may include:
- Chest discomfort;
- Feeling chills;
- A dry cough;
- A headache;
- A sore throat;
- Sweating more;
- Fast breathing;
There may be other symptoms and signs are not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
Call your doctor or go to the hospital if the symptoms lasted, and no sign of abating. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
Know the causes
What causes mycoplasma pneumonia?
Infection occurs when you inhale these airborne droplets that an infected person coughs out. The county saliva contains a type of bacteria called Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia. Infections caused by Mycoplasma often spread rapidly among people living or working in a narrow space, such as in family, school or workplace.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for mycoplasma pneumonia?
Currently, there is no sufficient information to identify the factors that increase the risk for mycoplasma pneumonia. However, people with weakened immune systems are at risk will be higher this disease. Also, people who are living in crowded places is also likely infected.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
How is mycoplasma pneumonia diagnosed?
You can take aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) or acetaminophen. However, it should be noted that aspirin should not be used for infants without consulting doctors. Rest, drink plenty of water can also cause disease in remission.
In addition, if after taking the treatment at home is not reduced, you need to go to the hospital to be the doctor injected antibiotics and oxygen (if the disease becomes severe).
How is mycoplasma pneumonia treated?
The doctor will diagnose the medical history and medical examination results. The doctor will order tests to know the severity of the disease include x-rays, chest CT scans, blood tests and saliva. Also, for the more serious cases, the doctor will conduct open lung biopsy to diagnose the disease more accurately.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage mycoplasma pneumonia?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with mycoplasma pneumonia:
- Take antibiotics as specified exactly as your doctor. Taking time until finished.
- Take acetaminophen or aspirin (except children) to reduce fever and pain.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Wash your hands.
- No smoking.
- Annual flu shot. Ask your doctor about the vaccine, pneumonia vaccine.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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September 30, 2015