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Health professionals explain how viruses can evolve into pneumonia

This Thursday (22), singer Ivete Sangalo shared on her social networks about a hospitalization that was caused by a virus that evolved into pneumonia. According to the artist, the symptoms began shortly after the Carnival marathon, and medical help was soon sought.Â

Virus develops into pneumonia

Pulmonologist Wanderson Silva states that viral infections that occur in the upper airways can indeed become pneumonia, and this occurs due to the fact that the airways are inflamed by the virus, which facilitates the entry of bacteria, which can result in sinusitis, tracheobronchitis or pneumonia. A

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Flu, colds or Covid-19 are some of the conditions for this to occur, after all, during a virus, the body is more fragile, and our natural protections are affected, due to dehydration and difficulty in eating, factors that contribute to other microorganisms causing other infections.Â

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Chest x-ray, indicating pneumonia in the left lung (Photo: reproduction/MD Saúde)


According to the regional president of Vale do Paraíba at the Sociedade Paulista de Pneumologia e Tisiologia, José Roberto Megda, the virus can harm the epidermis, which protects the respiratory tract, which can facilitate the entry of bacteria into the lung, and About 30% of bacterial pneumonias arise from another viral infection.Â

The digestive system surgeon at ClÃnica Gastro ABC, Ãlvaro José de Souza, highlighted the importance of monitoring cases of viruses, so that clinical evolution is avoided. According to the professional, virus symptoms tend to be restricted to malaise, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, accompanied by possible abdominal discomfort and low-grade fever. When there is dehydration and high fever, in addition to diarrhea with blood, mucus and food remains, lasting more than 14 days, it is extremely important to seek medical help. A

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Experts also report that the symptoms of a virus usually last between three days and a week. If there is no improvement, a professional should be sought. Fever above 38 degrees for more than two days, difficulty breathing, pain in the chest region, persistent cough, dehydration and drowsiness are considered warning symptoms.Â

How to avoid the evolution of the clinical picture

According to doctor Wanderson Silva, hydration and a balanced diet, avoiding exhausting activities, not smoking or consuming alcoholic beverages are of utmost importance during the appearance of virus symptoms. . A

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The professional also states that anti-flu, anti-allergy and vitamin C drugs count as valid aid, however, he emphasizes that these treatments do not guarantee that the progression of a virus to a more serious condition is prevented. , and that the focus needs to be maintained on disease prevention and vaccination.Â

Featured photo: pneumonia analysis (Reproduction/24-hour mail)Â

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Health professionals explain how viruses can evolve into pneumonia

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