"It is a contagious pathology, and self-medication in the home increases the probability that not only the patient will die in the absence of antibiotics that overcome their process for resisting them, but also other family members who also have self-healing, the same happens with them, "he said.
The head of the hospital emergency staff at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Jalisco said that the abuse of antibiotics makes clinical photos of pneumonia increasingly difficult to treat, and therefore there is a higher mortality rate.
"People in the population should be aware of this, because seven out of ten respiratory diseases are of viral and non-bacterial origin, so they only require drugs like paracetamol and chlorphenamine, not antibiotics," he said.
He explained that in addition to the desire to resolve respiratory diseases at home, another factor that may threaten the health and even life of patients, it is not going to consult a doctor and think that the symptoms will pass.
"Although in many cases, when the infection is of viral origin, discomfort effectively disappears with good nutrition, rest and good hygienic habits. If the symptoms last longer than five days, cough with difficulty in breathing and phlegm, it is necessary to receive specialist attention", He said.
Finally, he explained that pneumonia is more dangerous for people who go to extreme periods of life, i.e. Children under the age of five and adults over 65.
Because their biological conditions are often unable to express symptoms of risk, it is important for the family to pay attention to their health.