Self-medication in case of respiratory infection can lead to pneumonia

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The abuse of antibiotics leads to clinical findings of pneumonia that are increasingly difficult to treat.

    Self-medication in case of respiratory infection can lead to pneumonia

Seven out of ten respiratory diseases are of viral and non-bacterial origin. / Pixabay

the Self-medication when there is a respiratory tract infection can lead to the development of pneumonia, one of the diseases that can create resistance to drugs, said dr. Ramón de Dios Pérez.

"It is a contagious pathology and self-medication at home increases the likelihood that a patient will die in the absence of antibiotics that put back their process for creating resistance, but that other family members, too, have self-medicated, the same what happens to them, "he said.

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The head of the emergency service of the specialized hospital of the Mexican Social Security Institute, IMSS, in Jalisco, said that The abuse of antibiotics leads to clinical findings of pneumonia that are increasingly difficult to treat and therefore there is a higher mortality rate.

"People must be aware of this because seven out of ten respiratory diseases are viral and non-bacterialso they only require drugs like paracetamol – acetaminophen and chlorenamine, not antibiotics, "he said.

He explained that in addition to trying to solve respiratory diseases at home, Another factor that can compromise the health and also the lives of patients is not going to the doctor and believing that the symptoms will pass.

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"Although in many cases, when the infection is of viral origin, the discomfort is effectively lowered with good nutrition, rest and good hygiene habits. If the symptoms persist more than five days, there is cough with phlegm and difficulty breathing, it is necessary to receive specialized attention"he said.

In the end, he explained it pneumonia is more dangerous for those who go to extremes of life, ie children under 5 and adults over 65 years.

Because their biological conditions often can not express symptoms of risk, it is important for the family to be attentive to their state of health.

EFE

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