Pneumonia



Doctor Checking for Pneumonia SymptomsWe recently began conducting clinical trials for the pneumonia vaccine. This illness is quite common, and volunteers are helping researchers continue to improve upon available formulas for vaccinations. The best way to beat this infection is by preventing more cases each year.

Pneumonia is a fairly common lung infection which can be caused by fungi, viruses or even bacteria. Cases will range from quite mild to severe, but there are a variety of treatments available for pneumonia. The best course of treatment will depend on three important factors:

  • The severity of the symptoms
  • What caused the infection
  • The patient’s age and overall health

Luckily, a person who is otherwise healthy should be able to recover from this type of lung infection within a few weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly. That’s why it is so important to take steps in order to prevent this infection. Here some of the best things that you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Get your annual flu shot (the flu can easily lead to pneumonia)
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day
  • Get vaccinated for pneumococcal pneumonia

This infection can take hold in one lung or both. However, pneumonia is actually not just a single disease– there are more than 30 identified causes of the infection. Doctors must fully understand what caused a person’s pneumonia before they can adequately treat it.

What Causes Pneumonia?

Since there is such a diverse variety of germs that can cause pneumonia, spcialists have narrowed it down to the five main culprits:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi and other infectious agents like pneumocystis
  • Mycoplasmas
  • Various chemicals

(Quick Fact: Someone who develops a viral form of pneumonia will also be at greater risk on contracting a bacterial pneumonia.)

Just about a third of all diagnosed cases in this country are caused by respiratory viruses each year. Children and young adults are particularly susceptible to these respiratory infections. The most common cause of viral pneumonia amongst adults would be the common flu virus. Other viruses known to cause these infections include the:

  • Rhinovirus
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus

How Pneumonia Affects the Body?

The nose and airways act as filters against all the germs that are breathed in on a normal basis. This is one of the ways that the body protects the lungs from infection, but no system is completely perfect and some germs are able to make their way in. The lungs are at even greater risk when:

  • The immune system is weaker
  • A particularly virulent strain of germs is encountered
  • The system simply fails to filter out the germs

Once germs reach the lungs, the alveoli (air sacs on the lungs) become inflamed and begin to fill up with fluid. It is this reaction that produces the tell-tale symptoms associated with pneumonia, including:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

More severe cases of pneumonia can make it quite difficult for enough oxygen to filter into the patient’s bloodstream Little to no oxygen means that the cells won’t be able to function properly. This can cause a deadly chain reaction where the infection will be able to spread throughout the host’s body.

Have you ever volunteered for a clinical trial before? It’s important to understand that this experience can vary depending on the study. Participating in a pneumonia vaccine research study at Avail Clinical Research may only require agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results. but most will require a little more involvement. We also recommend checking out our volunteer resource section for more information.

Qualified participants can receive compensation for time and travel expenses, as well as for any other trial related care. The following are provided for all accepted applicants:

  • Physical examinations
  • Laboratory services
  • Study related medication

Pneumonia Vaccine Research in DeLand, FL

Avail Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.

Exploring a Common Lung Infection

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