What is bilateral interstitial pneumonia the COVID-19 may cause?

Bilateral interstitial pneumonia is a serious infection that can inflame and scar your lungs. It’s one of many types of interstitial lung diseases, which affect the tissue around the tiny air sacs in your lungs. You can get this type of pneumonia as a result of COVID-19.

What happens to your lungs if you get a critical case of COVID-19?

In critical COVID-19 — about 5% of total cases — the infection can damage the walls and linings of the air sacs in your lungs. As your body tries to fight it, your lungs become more inflamed and fill with fluid. This can make it harder for them to swap oxygen and carbon dioxide.

What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?

Bacterial pneumonia: Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia can develop gradually or suddenly. Symptoms include: Trouble breathing: rapid breathing or shortness of breath Cough with mucus (might be greenish in color or contain a small amount of blood) Chest pain and/or abdominal pain, especially with coughing or deep breathing

Which is worse, the flu or pneumonia?

This happens when the germs that cause colds and flu get down into your lungs. You might be feeling better, but then you start getting symptoms again — and this time they can be a whole lot worse. With pneumonia you might have all the symptoms of flu, but also: High fever up to 105 F.

What should I do if I feel like I have pneumonia?

Drink warm beverages, take steamy baths and use a humidifier to help open your airways and ease your breathing. Contact your doctor right away if your breathing gets worse instead of better over time. Stay away from smoke to let your lungs heal. This includes smoking, secondhand smoke and wood smoke.

What are the symptoms of both bacterial and lipoid pneumonia?

Symptoms for both lipoid and chemical pneumonia are similar to those that accompany bacterial pneumonia (which include cough, shortness of breath, fever, shallow breathing, chest pain, and loss of appetite, according to the American Lung Association ).