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doctor and patientDuring the winter months, our exposure to sickness rises. The flu, the common cold and a host of other illnesses can put us all at risk. Among these is pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes the lungs to inflame and fill with congestion. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, but pneumonia can be deadly if left untreated.

You are at risk of pneumonia no matter who you are. However, certain people are more susceptible to pneumonia than others. Keep in mind these five qualities that raise a person’s risks of pneumonia.

1. Immune System Problems

A compromised immune system means that your body is less able to fight off infections. Always know your risks if you have a lowered immune system. These conditions don't have to affect solely your lungs. Unmanaged problems in one place can affect all parts of your body. Take proper precautions during this season.

2. Untreated Illness

If you get sick with a cold or other illness, a prolonged recovery can lead you to develop pneumonia. Pneumonia can develop secondary to other sicknesses. If you aren’t following proper treatment and recovery recommendations, your risk rises.

Always take care of yourself if you are sick. See your doctor if your condition seems to be worsening rather than improving.

3. Smoking

We all likely know that being a smoker raises your risk of lung disease. Therefore, the lungs are much more susceptible to the inflammation associated with pneumonia.

4. Breathing Problems

If you have pre-existing lung conditions, then you are more susceptible to pneumonia. A pre-existing condition might be asthma or emphysema. You will likely require ongoing medical care for these conditions.

Always make sure that you manage your conditions. Take your medication and see your doctor when required. If you don’t manage these issues, the risks of pneumonia are much higher.

5. Unhealthy Living

If you aren’t taking care of yourself, your risks for pneumonia rise. An unhealthy diet, drug or alcohol use negatively affect your body. These habits make all parts of your body unhealthy. They can also lower your resistance to diseases. If you drink to excess or overeat, your body isn’t as healthy as the body of someone who doesn’t do these things.

If you get pneumonia, your health insurance will likely cover treatment. However, having insurance doesn’t mean you face less risk of pneumonia. Insurance just means you have protection if you catch this illness.

Do you have tips about pneumonia preparedness? Leave a comment below. Explore our site or call us today at (855) 360-0466 if you would like to get health insurance.
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