By Anna Hazard
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Part 1 : Urinary Tract & Lung Infections
Two other types of infections common within the elderly are respiratory infections (comprising the mouth. nasal cavity, pharyx/larynx/trachea, bronchi and lungs) and gastrointestinal infections (comprising the GI tract - mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum, and anus - as well as the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder) both of which tend to flare up often and spread quickly through institutionalized group settings where seniors can often be found such as nursing homes, rehab centers, and hospitals.
Bacterial or viral infections are the most widespread, but seniors comprise a disproportionate amount of patients suffering from fungus based infections within the skin & lungs due to their overall weaker immunities and tendency towards activities that expose themselves to fungal spores.