Lipoid (Lipid) Pneumonia Symptoms and Treatment

What are the symptoms?

The first symptom is a cough. You may have one or two coughs per day. If you experience any other symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea then they are likely due to your underlying condition. These symptoms will usually subside within a few days of coughing up some blood from your lungs.

If you do not feel well after coughing up blood, consult with your doctor immediately.

In rare cases, however, a person may develop severe complications including:

Severe pneumonia (a lung infection)

Death if left untreated.

Symptoms of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF): Fever, Chills and Headache. LF is caused by the parasite called Yersinia pestis which lives in the soil and on plants. LF spreads through bites from infected fleas that live in rodents and lizards.

Yersinia pestis is transmitted to humans when someone comes into contact with fleas that carry the disease. When these fleas bite people, they often spread the disease by biting their skin and injecting the bacteria into their bloodstream. The bacteria cause a high fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.

The best way to prevent getting LF is to avoid being bitten by infected fleas and to wash your hands thoroughly before touching animals or dirt.

Who’s at risk?

Anyone who has been coughing up blood for more than a week should see a doctor immediately. Someone who develops the other symptoms listed above should seek medical treatment right away as well.

How is it diagnosed?

A physician can usually diagnose you by asking you about your medical history and performing a physical examination. In some cases, the physician may order a chest x-ray or other diagnostic tests.

Treatment options

Lipoid pneumonia is a serious lung infection that needs to be treated early in order to prevent complications and make a full recovery. Antibiotics are used to fight the infection and help the body recover. Other treatments may also include oxygen therapy, pain medication and steroids.

The outlook

Lipoid pneumonia is a serious infection that can be life-threatening if not treated right away, however, it can be effectively treated with the proper medical care.

If you are experiencing symptoms of lipoid pneumonia, consult with your physician or find the nearest hospital for immediate treatment.

Other names:

Lipoid Pneumonia, Lymphatic Filariasis, Yersinia Pestis

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