Kim Porter

According to sources, Kim Porter, mom to 3 of Sean Combs’ 5 children, died from a rare case of double pneumonia brought on by the flu. Double pneumonia is an obsolete term to describe an infection in both lungs. The accepted medical term for double pneumonia is bilateral lobar pneumonia.

Porter, 47, was weakened by the effects of the flu before she contracted a rare mixed viral-bacterial pneumonia that killed her.

The mortality rate for mixed viral-bacterial pneumonia is 42%.

How Do I Contract Pneumonia?

You can contract pneumonia by inhaling airborne droplets containing infectious viruses or bacteria. If left untreated, pneumonia can be life-threatening.

Signs and Symptoms of Double Pneumonia

The symptoms of double pneumonia are the same for pneumonia. Your prognosis (likelihood of recovery) depends on your general health, age, and the type of infection. Viral pneumonia is typically worse than bacterial pneumonia because antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Productive cough with yellow or rust-colored sputum
  • Fever, sweating, chills
  • Rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing
  • Fatigue (generalized weakness)
  • Diarrhea
  • Symptoms for adults older than 65 may also include:

  • Confusion
  • Change in mental status
  • Lower-than-normal body temperature

    When Should I call My Doctor?

    Call your personal physician, health care provider, or go to the emergency room if you experience chest pain or have trouble breathing. Also notify your doctor or go to the emergency room if your symptoms are severe or last longer than three (3) days.

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    More Info On the Web

    Double Pneumonia –

    What is Pneumonia? – WebMD

    What to Know About Double Pneumonia – Medical News Today


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