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hello again when elderly person has pneumia please tell me what happens and symptoms she has weezing and very tired doesnt want to talk please answer me nurse sent medicine to inhale for shortness of breathe but no inhaler is that stupid or what?

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This is from WebMD about seniors over 65 years old: In older adults and children

Older adults may have different, fewer, or milder symptoms, such as having no fever or having a cough with no mucus (a dry or nonproductive cough). The major sign of pneumonia in older adults may be a change in how clearly they think (confusion or delirium) or when a lung disease they already have gets worse.

Some conditions with symptoms similar to pneumonia include bronchitis, COPD, and tuberculosis.

From The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute: signs and symptoms of pneumonia vary from mild to severe. Many factors affect how serious pneumonia is, including the type of germ causing the infection and your age and overall health.

See your doctor promptly if you:

Have a high fever
Have shaking chills
Have a cough with phlegm (a slimy substance), which doesn't improve or worsens
Develop shortness of breath with normal daily activities
Have chest pain when you breathe or cough
Feel suddenly worse after a cold or the flu

People who have pneumonia may have other symptoms, including nausea (feeling sick to the stomach), vomiting, and diarrhea.

Symptoms may vary in certain populations. Older adults and people who have serious illnesses or weak immune systems may have fewer and milder symptoms. They may even have a lower than normal temperature. If they already have a lung disease, it may get worse. Older adults who have pneumonia sometimes have sudden changes in mental awareness.
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