Of all the different infections and diseases that can affect our lungs, people tend to be most familiar with pneumonia. For most patients, treating pneumonia with antibiotics is simple, and patients recover in a few weeks without long-term complications.

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Some people are more likely to develop pneumonia, however; in patients with asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, or any other underlying lung condition, pneumonia has the potential to be much more severe and dangerous. 


Most people can decrease their risk of getting pneumonia by preventing upper respiratory infections. Wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating, cover your face when you sneeze, and get your flu shot every year. If you are at higher risk for pneumonia, consider getting the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine as well. 


If you find that you are getting pneumonia frequently, if the standard treatments prescribed by your regular doctor don’t seem to be easing your symptoms, or if you are just finding that it’s difficult to catch your breath and feel well, it may be helpful to see the advice of a pulmonary specialist. Dr. Rahul Kakkar has many years of experience in pulmonary medicine, and specializes in helping patients uncover the underlying factors that are making them vulnerable to pneumonia. 

Make an appointment at Prana Health today, and start feeling better.