It all started when Pope Francis, 86, felt a chest discomfort. As reported by LA RAZÓN, the Latin American pontiff shared on his way home how he was with his personal health assistant, Massimiliano Strappetti, and the nurse advised him to go immediately to the hospital Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, the clinical center of reference for all the Popes.
“In recent days, Pope Francis had seen himself suffered from some breathing difficulties and this afternoon he went to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic for medical check-ups,” according to the Vatican press office.
The same source specified that a Covid-19 infection has been excluded. It was also reported that he has been subjected to a chest CT scan and other medical tests, and his state of health is not a concern after knowing the results, although he will remain hospitalized for a few days with an optimistic prognosis. The diagnosis is clear: a Respiratory infection It has affected your roads.
Viral infections usually affect the upper or lower respiratory tract. These illnesses can be classified according to the causative virus (for example, the flu). In general, they are distinguished clinically according to the syndrome (cold, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, etc.). And it is that, each microorganism usually produces characteristic clinical manifestations. Thus, rhinovirus causes the common cold and syncytial virus causes bronchiolitis. But the reality is that each one can cause many respiratory syndromes.
Although the severity of viral respiratory illness is highly variable, the most serious are detected more frequently in elderly patients. This may be due to exacerbation of underlying cardiopulmonary disorders or superinfection.
What symptoms does the respiratory infection present?
The symptoms depend on the type of infection. In acute bronchitis, an infection of the main respiratory tract occurs (bronchi). These become inflamed and produce irritation and mucus in the lungs. Bronchitis is commonly called a chest cold, since both the common cold and acute bronchitis are caused by an infection caused by a virus. However the cold is an infection infection of the nose and throat (upper respiratory tract) causing inflammation or irritation of these areas (runny nose, sneezing, and coughing).
For its part, acute bronchitis causes coughing with or without mucus, chest pain, tiredness, and mild headaches, body and throat. What usually causes acute bronchitis is a virus. Sometimes also bacteria. Acute bronchitis often goes away on its own in a week or 10 days, approximately. Normally, it does not require pharmacological treatment.
Other respiratory infection that causes chest pain is pneumonia. However, Vatican sources have ruled out that it is a severe acute respiratory infection due to pneumonia, and have indicated that the pontiff did not have a fever.
Pneumonia is the main complication of Acute Respiratory Infections and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. It is more aggressive in infants and young children. people older than 65 years, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.
This is an infection that inflames the air sacs of one or both lungs. This usually causes cough, fever, difficulty breathingheadache, fatigue, malaise, or chest pain when breathing or coughingwhich are symptoms that it shares with a cold and/or bronchitis, but can also cause chills and tremors, excessive sweating, and disorientation.
What is the treatment of respiratory infection?
Treatment is usually based on the proportion of antibiotics and, if the infection is caused by a severe flu, with antivirals. If the situation becomes very serious, oxygen therapy can also be carried out and, if there are complications, bronchodilator medication may be needed.