Geriatric Respiratory Infections Treatment Questions and Answers
At Geriatric Clinic of Dr. Mohamed Nassar M.D, we treat a range of respiratory illnesses that effect elderly. Dr. Nassar MD specializes in geriatric health care. For more information, call now or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373.
Table of Contents:
What respiratory diseases are of concern for the elderly?
Why are the elderly more likely to get respiratory infections?
Which respiratory symptoms are common in older patients?
What factors increase the risk of respiratory infection in elderly?
As we age, our susceptibility to illness and infection increases. Moreover, we also experience more significant symptoms of those illnesses and infections, including respiratory infections. As such, if you are an older adult dealing with acute or chronic respiratory infections, it may be in your best interest to see a medical doctor who specializes in providing primary medical care to older adults. At Dr. Nassar MD in Redlands, CA, we would be greatly pleased to provide that for you to help you avoid and overcome any significant respiratory infections and other illnesses. To give you a more informed understanding of how respiratory infections affect older adults, we have provided some answers to commonly asked questions below.
While any respiratory illness or infection can be of concern for an elderly individual, some respiratory diseases pose more significant threats to their health due to their impact and the frequency of infections. With that in mind, some common respiratory diseases that are of particular concern for the elderly include the following:
– Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
– Lung cancer
There are several different reasons why older adults and the elderly are more likely to experience respiratory infections than the rest of the population.
As we age, our bodies tend to become more frail, leading to an increased vulnerability to injury and infection. While such decline happens at differing speeds for each individual, it is a natural part of the aging process.
In connection with general frailty, it is also a natural part of the aging process to have weakening immune systems, known as immunosenescence, which makes it more challenging to fight off infections or heal from injuries.
Additionally, the older we get, the more likely we are to develop one or more medical conditions, such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, or Parkinson’s disease, which can further deplete our immune system. As such, the presence of one or more medical conditions in older adults can also cause them to experience respiratory infection more often than younger individuals without underlying medical conditions.
In addition to the classic symptoms of a respiratory infection or illness, which can include fatigue, fever and chills, cough, muscle aches, and other symptoms, older patients are also more likely to experience the following symptoms:
– Appetite loss
– Chest pains that worsen with a cough or deep inhalations
– Confusion or delirium
– Feeling week or unsteady
– Lower than normal body temperature
– Rapid breathing
– Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
– Urinary incontinence
– Worsening of existing health conditions
There are several factors that can increase the risk of respiratory infection in older adults, in addition to the standard risk factors of respiratory infection. Some of the factors that increase the risk of respiratory infection in older adults include the following:
– High blood pressure or blood sugar
– Presence of underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases
– Structural lung disease or impaired pulmonary function
– Weakened immune system
If you would like more information about how respiratory infections uniquely impact older adults, please feel free to contact us at Dr. Nassar, MD, in Redlands, California. We also welcome you to schedule an appointment with us right here on our website or by giving us a call. You can find our clinic at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105, in Redlands, California. We provide services to Redlands and surrounding areas of Loma Linda CA, Highland CA, San Bernardino CA, Grand Terrace CA, Yucaipa CA, and Moreno Valley CA.