Pneumonia Doctor Questions and Answers
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Pneumonia is one of the most well-known infections a person can contract. Anyone who has had pneumonia can tell you that it is incredibly uncomfortable and capable of draining your energy. When left untreated, pneumonia can lead to further complications and even death in some patients, particularly the elderly. If you or a family member has pneumonia, it is important to seek professional treatment as soon as possible. That is why we are proud to offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for pneumonia at Niagara Falls Urgent Care.
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that results in the inflammation of air sacs. The air sacs in one or both lungs may fill with pus or fluid, resulting in a wet cough and difficulty breathing. As with most infections, pneumonia is typically accompanied by a fever and chills. There are many different causes of pneumonia. These causes include fungi, viruses, and bacteria, which means it is especially important for you to see a qualified doctor when you are seeking an appropriate diagnosis and effective treatment.
If you begin to exhibit multiple symptoms of pneumonia, it is time to see a doctor. Symptoms include shortness of breath, cough that is often accompanied with phlegm, fever, nausea, sweating, and fatigue. For patients over the age of 65, lowered body temperature and changes in cognitive awareness may also be noted. For some patients, pneumonia can be life-threatening, so it is especially important for infants, the elderly, and patients with other underlying conditions or a weakened immune system, including those who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, to see a doctor as quickly as possible.
How is pneumonia diagnosed?
The first step for any diagnostic procedure is for your doctor to take a full medical history. Your provider will ask you a variety of health questions and will use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs. Sounds of crackling or bubbling when you breathe can be an indication that you may have pneumonia. Additional testing may include blood testing, chest x-rays, sputum testing, and pulse oximetry. For patients over the age of 65, a CT scan or pleural fluid culture may also be required.
At Niagara Falls Urgent Care, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality medical care available. We are proud to offer onsite x-ray and laboratory services that make the diagnostic process as smooth as possible, so you can spend less time waiting for your results and more time recovering with the help of an appropriate treatment plan.
How is pneumonia treated?
The most important part of treating pneumonia is curing the root cause. By treating the infection that is the source of your pneumonia instead of simply addressing the symptoms, we can provide faster and longer-lasting relief that ensures you are back on your feet as soon as possible. Prescription antibiotics can address bacterial pneumonia, fighting off the bacterium responsible for your illness so you can focus on resting and recuperating. Cough suppressants may be used to calm your cough, especially when you are trying to sleep. However, because coughing is instrumental in removing phlegm and clearing your lungs, it is important not to eliminate your cough completely. Over the counter fever reducers and pain relievers can be implemented to ease your aches and help you stay comfortable while you recover.
If you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia, trust the experienced physicians at Niagara Falls Urgent Care to provide you with the diagnostic and treatment services necessary to provide the relief you need. We are proud to offer our services with or without an appointment, so you can always see a doctor when you need one.