Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It affects the small airways and air sacs in the lungs.

Development of Pneumonia in the Air Sacs of the Lungs
pneumonia lung fluid
The normal exchange of gases is interrupted by the build up of fluids.
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Pneumonia is sometimes described by where and how you were infected. Types of pneumonia include:

  • Community-acquired—from the community, such as a school, gym, or at work
  • Nosocomial—in a hospital or healthcare setting
  • Aspiration—happens when foreign matter is inhaled into the lungs, such as food, liquid, saliva, or vomit

Pneumonia may be caused by:

  • Infection from specific types of:
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
    • Fungi
  • Aspiration
  • Other specific germs
  • Chemical exposure and irritation

Aspiration
lung aspiration food
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