These days, more than 3 million people from all over the world have problems with pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammation of the tissue located in the lungs and it can be a result from fungi, bacteria or viruses.
Before antibiotics were discovered, 1/3 of people who had pneumonia problems were dead. These days, a big number of the patients recover. However, 5% eventually die, which makes pneumonia the 6th biggest reason for death in the world.
Streptococcus pneumonia is the most common cause of the condition and it can cause to different symptoms such as fever, shaking chills and rust-colored mucus. This infection is able to spread into the blood in just 20-30% of all cases and it can cause sepsis that has 20 to 30% mortality rate.
Treating pneumonia usually includes amoxicillin, penicillin, Augmentin or clavulanic acid and macrolide antibiotics, including erythromycin, azithromycin and clarithromycin.