According to health experts, when the weather changes suddenly, too hot or too cold, the elderly are prone to pneumonia. Severe complication can lead to death.
Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University, Ho Chi Minh City, said in 7 days of Tet, the Emergency Department received more than 500 cases. In particular, most patients are elderly with pneumonia.
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Tien Dung, Head of Respiratory Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, when the weather changes suddenly, too hot or too cold, the elderly are prone to pneumonia .
PGS.TS.BS Le Tien Dung, Head of Respiratory Department, Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University, examined patients.(Photo: NP).
Symptoms of pneumonia in the elderly often have complicated movements, when severe complications make it difficult to treat and can lead to death.
According to BSCKI Nguyen Viet Hau, Deputy Head of the Emergency Department of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, pneumonia in the elderly often shows no signs of fever, cough, infection but manifests as the common cold so many patients are subjective .
To prevent pneumonia as well as other diseases, Dr. Dung advised older people to use green vegetables, fresh fruits to ensure adequate vitamins A, C, E, calcium, minerals, fiber works. Use to strengthen the immune system.
In addition, people over 65 need flu or pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia, respiratory infections as well as control chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Heart failure, diabetes.
When it is cold, older people should not let indoor heating stoves easily cause pneumonia. In the summer, families should allow air conditioning at 20-22 degrees Celsius, not so low that the external environmental disparity can easily lead to sore throat, pneumonia and stroke.
To prevent disease, the elderly need to drink from 1.5 to 2 liters of water every day, keep clean and clean, eliminate bacteria and viruses that are the cause of respiratory infections.