Pneumonia can be a serious threat to your health. Since the early 1960's pneumonia has been second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of death related to respiratory diseases. Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs. The lungs' air sacs fill with pus, mucus, and other liquid and can not function properly. Oxygen can not reach the blood. If there is not enough oxygen in the blood, body cells can not work right and might die. Lobar pneumonia affects a section of a lung. Bronchial pneumonia (or bronchopneumonia) affects patches in both lungs. Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over thirty different causes. One type is bacterial pneumonia and it can attack anyone from infants through people that are real old. The second type of pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia. Because the symptoms and physical signs of mycoplasma pneumonia are different from those of the original pneumococcal pneumonia. Mycoplasma pneumonia was once thought to be caused by one or more hidden viruses, and was called primary atypical pneumonia. The pneumococcal medicine can protect people against strains of pneumococcus, which cause 9 out of 10 cases of pneumococcal sickness. The medicine provides a long-term solution that can be given once a year. The medicine that they give out is not promised to be 100% though. The right treatment with the right medicine almost always cures bacterial and mycoplasma pneumonia. The drugs that are used are determined by the germ causing the pneumonia and the judgment of the physician. The drugs lower body temperature within 1 or 2 days and make a huge recovery. After the persons temperature gets back to normal, the medication the doctor give you must be taken until the doctor says you can stop, if you decide to stop without the doctors permission the pneumonia will probably come back. When you have pneumonia more than 1 time, it can be a lot more dangerous than the first time.