Colds and Other Infections in the Lungs
Most people have had an infection in their lungs. We call these respiratory infections. They could be colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza. They are caused by a virus and not a bacterium. These diseases give you a cough, runny nose, fever, and a sick feeling. The microbes are all around us and get inside our bodies through the mouth, nose, and eyes. In the wintertime when people stay indoors, so do the microbes. There is a greater chance of catching this kind of infection in the winter.
To prevent colds and other infections of the lungs, follow these rules:
If you get a cold or other infection in your lungs, take good care of yourself so you don’t get another infection on top of the first one. Sleep a lot and drink lots of water and liquids. Cover your mouth, with a tissue or handkerchief, when you cough and cover your nose if you sneeze. Always put used tissues in the trash and don’t leave them lying around. Stay in bed when you have a fever. Go to the doctor if you don’t get better in a day or two. You may need special medicine to help your body fight the microbes.