Asymptomatic pneumonia is a disease that affects the respiratory tract. What distinguishes them from standard inflammation is the lack of typical symptoms, which means that the disease is often misdiagnosed and proper treatment postponed. Nevertheless, asymptomatic pneumonia can be as dangerous to the patient’s health as standard pneumonia, so timely diagnosis and implementation of appropriate treatment are of key importance. How do you recognize this atypical inflammation?
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Asymptomatic pneumonia – symptoms
Asymptomatic pneumonia can be viral, bacterial, fungal, allergic or chemical in origin and is inextricably linked with a lowered human immune system. Among the most common symptoms of asymptomatic pneumonia, there are;
- bad mood
- feeling tired and apathy
- breathlessness – worsening during physical activity, although on a daily basis it does not significantly affect functioning
- chronic and slight cough.
The absence of high fever and intense coughing and chest pain (typical symptoms of standard pneumonia) make this condition misdiagnosed. Most often it is considered to be a common respiratory tract infection or asthma, so the implemented treatment does not bring results. It turns out that the patient’s condition is much worse only after some time, when the initially implemented therapy does not bring tangible results.
Asymptomatic pneumonia can also affect children (especially small ones) and in their case it is extremely dangerous. What should worry parents is: lack of appetite, disturbance of the normal circadian rhythm, sleepiness, fatigue, and a bluish blue around the mouth.
Asymptomatic pneumonia – diagnosis
The basic examination that allows to verify asymptomatic pneumonia is the chest X-ray. In a situation where the result of this test is inconclusive, and the doctor suspects the presence of fluid in the lungs, he may suggest a pleural puncture. In extreme cases, computed tomography is performed to obtain a high-resolution image of the lungs. The morphology is also important, as it allows to verify the presence of inflammation in the patient’s body.
Asymptomatic pneumonia – treatment
As a rule, asymptomatic pneumonia is mild, so that appropriate treatment can take place at home. Depending on the cause of the disease (most often, however, it has a bacterial origin), appropriate drugs are implemented, mainly antibiotics. In addition, it is recommended to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and home remedies to improve immunity, such as onion syrup, raspberry syrup or garlic. In extreme cases, there may be a need for hospitalization. Then, the treatment lasts about 7 days, during which patients are administered amoxicillin, although the length of therapy and the selection of appropriate medications is determined by the doctor based on the test results.