Legionnaire’s Disease Symptoms & Treatment Options

 Legionnaire’s Disease Symptoms & Treatment Options

 A certain pneumonia which is caused by the bacterium Legionella rmeumophila is known as Legionnaires disease. The symptoms for this disease can be seen after an incubation period and it could range from 2 to 10 days. Legionnaire’s disease diagnosis should be performed when you see these general indications such as malaise, nausea, chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, muscle aches, disorientation and a fever (it could raise to 105 F) and a cough as well. The cough could be started dry but slowly it may progress to produce blood or gray streaked sputum. The nails, lips or skin could turn blue. There could be an increased shortness of breath. A severe chest pain is also a symptom.

Legionnaire’s disease diagnosis may include a chest X-ray, and it may show some fluid in one or both the lungs. The sputum tests are done to identify the organisms involved.

 Legionnaire’s disease treatment could be done medically; the first choice of drug would be erythromycin. Those patients who are seriously ill may be prescribed rifampin as well. Once a patient has improved the treatment might continue for three or more weeks.

An antibiotic therapy could cure legionnaire’s disease.

Legionnaire’s disease treatment can also be done by the herbal medicine; western herbalists recommend a tea which is made of giant Solomon’s seal.

And it could also be treated with homeopathy.

Legionnaire’s disease prevention can be done by ensuring that any water system which you can control is properly maintained and cleaned.

There are two factors which play an important role in Legionnaire’s disease prevention, which are; temperature; the water should either be cooled down to 20C or heated above 60C. And the second factor is the hygiene; the water should be purified and kept away from any possible impurities and should never stagnate.