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post in: Health, News, Video Date:19 Oct 2017, 06:02 views:2052
Pneumonia vs Asthma, respiratory disorders are manifested by very similar symptoms like cough, fever, etc.
On taking a closer look, one can cough understand there are multiple symptoms that separate the two conditions of asthma and pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue which involves the air sacs within them called alveoli. Also called as consolidation, in pneumonia there is an accumulation of fluid and cell debris within these air-filled sacs leading to a solidification of the empty spaces.
Asthma, in contrast, is a widespread hypersensitivity of the air passages in lungs that communicate with the alveoli.
It is an exaggerated reaction to seemingly harmless agents within and more commonly outside the body. In short, it is an allergic response which leads to severe constriction of the air passages causing a sudden cut-off of oxygen supply to the lungs and body.
The causes of pneumonia are infectious agents like viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Accidental swallowing of vomit or contents of stomach in bed-ridden patients or paralytic patients can lead to pneumonia.
Asthma can be due to a host of factors from the environment like allergy to dust, animal hair or dander, pollen, cold weather, paint, strong odors, heavy particles like plastic, metals, wood etc. Foods like oysters, milk, peanuts, shell fish, etc are known to cause severe allergies leading to episodes of asthma. Even exercise can lead to an attack of asthma in few patients.
Pneumonia typically presents with high grade fever with shivering and chilliness.