Debunk the 4 Most Common Myths About Pneumonia

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in young children around the world. Although experts are raising their attention and studying more about this condition, people still have little understanding about pneumonia. Moreover, there are currently many misunderstandings about this respiratory problem. This article will provide readers with those potentially dangerous pneumonia-related myths to raise their awareness of this deadly disease.

Pneumonia is really just a type of common colds.

In fact, pneumonia is an infection of your lungs whose initial symptoms are similar to those of common cold.  A common cold normally goes away after a week or two and after causing some mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and coughing. At the beginning, pneumonia also causes the same symptoms; however, if left untreated, it can lead to death. According to the research, pneumonia causes more than 50,000 death in adult and more than 1 million in children around the world each year.

Pneumonia only affects people who live in cold climate.

There is no evidence showing that people living in a tropical environment have the lowest risk of getting pneumonia. The possibility of experiencing this conditions have a very weak connection with weather conditions. The fact is that people tend to stay indoors more than going outside in the winter, and the indoor with the presence of many people is an ideal environment for the pneumonia-causing bacteria to develop and affect the immune system. This explains why during winter, the number of pneumonia cases rises suddenly. The tropical regions are actually favorable for the development of the pneumonia bacteria. Additionally, the crowded population, the polluted environment, and the poor nutrition in some tropical countries are the triggers of more pneumonia cases.

Healthy people are not affected by pneumonia.

It is normal thinking that only people whose immune systems are weakened or compromised suffer from severe symptoms and death from pneumonia. However, everyone can be affected by pneumonia. There are many pneumonia cases in which the patients have a strong physical health or even being a professional athlete. Therefore, don’t ignore your symptoms even though you think that they are mild. It is important to seek medical help and have an early diagnosis for pneumonia.

There is no prevention for pneumonia.

A common misunderstanding of pneumonia is that this condition is treatable but is not preventable. Actually, there are multiple ways to prevent this respiratory problem. The best prevention is the combination of antibiotic treatment in the early stage, completely breastfeeding infants for their first six months of life, the proper provision of nutrition, hygiene, and limited exposure to smoke from cigarettes or indoor cook stoves and fires. Moreover, safe and effective vaccines are also available to prevent deaths from the leading causes of pneumonia in both children and adults.

If you want to have a complete understanding of pneumonia, it is important to find out all about the myths about this deadly condition. Hopefully, this article can partially clarify the most common misunderstanding of pneumonia for you.

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Review Date: May 17, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019

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