Legionnaires disease

  • Bacterial infection of the lungs causing a severe pneumonia
  • May also involve the intestines, kidneys or nervous system
  • Symptoms may include shortness of breath, fever, cough, muscle aches, headaches and diarrhea
  • Spread through breathing in infected droplets in the air, most often involving air conditioners
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age
  • May be mild to severe and life threatening

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

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