Legionnaires’ disease – ways to prevent and treat the illness

This weeks blog is aimed more at the younger audience, specifically students or anyone living in flat accommodation. The article which comes from studentnewspaper.org goes into a bit of depth about what legionnaires disease is, how to prevent it, but also how to treat it in the early stages.

Whilst at university, it is important to know about other illnesses that could be less common. Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection that is carried through water containing legionella bacteria. The chances of catching it are very small due to the regulations regarding testing and water temperatures that landlords and accommodation services are supposed to follow, but nevertheless, it is important to be aware of it and carry out necessary precautions.

Legionella is the bacteria that causes both Legionnaires’ disease and pontiac fever, both illnesses that can feel like a flu initially. Legionnaires’ disease is important to be aware of because it causes pneumonia, and therefore is occasionally fatal if not treated quickly; regardless, both are very uncommon.

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include a dry cough, a fever (such as feeling hot and shivery or having a high temperature) breathlessness and severe chest pain.

You can be more at risk of Legionnaires’ disease if you are on medication that makes you immunosuppressed and therefore more vulnerable to infection – this is usually as a result of a chronic illness and so you will be aware of this if you are affected. You can also be more susceptible if you suffer from asthma or other breathing problems, dependency on alcohol or drugs, or have diabetes. For more information always seek the advice of your doctor.

To read the full article post click here.

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