Pneumonia is a serious inflammation in the lungs that happens due to a bacterial or viral infection. This inflammation results in the lungs filling with fluid. This, in turn, makes it difficult to breathe well. Pneumonia must be treated quickly to avoid serious health consequences. If left untreated, pneumonia could even result in death.
Due to breathing problems, pneumonia sufferers are likely to gasp, wheeze, and cough. Because the lungs are filled with fluid, the cough may grow progressively deeper as the body attempts to eliminate the fluid from the lungs. Pneumonia can also cause:
Many pneumonia sufferers experience multiple symptoms at once.
Patients who have suffered from chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other respiratory conditions in the past are more prone to pneumonia. Young children, especially under a year old, and the elderly are more likely to develop pneumonia. Cigarette smokers also have an increased risk for pneumonia.
The AccuHealth Urgent Care physicians will carefully consider your symptoms and will perform a physical examination to diagnose pneumonia. Doctors may take a chest X-ray to verify the diagnosis.
The treatment for pneumonia depends on whether the illness is bacterial or viral in origin. Bacterial pneumonia is normally treated with antibiotics. Make sure to take the entire course of antibiotics, even after you start feeling well again, to fully treat pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is treated differently, as antibiotics aren't effective for this type of pneumonia. Anti-viral medications may be combined with rest to treat pneumonia.
The flu vaccination is highly recommended for all patients. Since the flu is often the way that pneumonia begins, this vaccination can also prevent pneumonia in some cases. For the young and elderly patients most susceptible to pneumonia, an additional vaccination is recommended. The pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is usually given to patients under 5 and over 65. This vaccination can greatly reduce a very young or elderly patient's risk for pneumonia.
We accept the majority of health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. However, insurance is not necessary, we offer affordable cash pay options. Please call our office if you have any questions.
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