Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Search: walking pneumonia
Why: My Dad, who had it last week in Memphis, thinks it's "going around" and that my cough (in Los Angeles) may be another case. Nationwide epidemic?
Answer: A relatively minor lung infection that is caused by the Mycoplasma pneumoniae organism. Although the bacteria is causing an infection in the lungs, the disease itself is so minute that it is possible the body can cure it without additional treatment. This is why walking pneumonia developed its interesting name, since it is possible to do things normally despite what is going on inside your body. Many of the major signs of walking pneumonia will mimic what a person experiences when they have a bad cold or a flu.
The More You Know: Whatever. I am already on a regimen of tea, yogurt, antibiotic, soup, Jello, repeat.