Legionnaires Disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophilia.
This is an organism that lives in the water of streams, lakes or mud and although usually harmless can cause disease when it finds its way into water supplies or air conditioning
Then it can be contracted by inhalation of fine drops of infected water.
The characteristic symptom is extremely high fever, which will be accompanied by malaise, headache (often severe), achy joints then the
development of a non-productive cough with possible diarrhoea and
It can easily initially be mistaken for a gastric upset but as it progresses it involves the lungs.
It can also alter the mental status with confusion, lethargy and occasionally delirium.
Usual treatment is with antibiotics but convalescence is often very slow.
To make recovery a little quicker, take a herbal mix of Golden Seal or Indian Barberry together with Echinacea and Withania and/or Bacopa and also Garlic to help improve the immune system.
A blend of lung herbs such as Elecampane, Marshmallow, Fenugreek and Euphorbia would be excellent to help clear the lungs and regain normal functioning.
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