Pneumonia sounds scary, but most people recover completely with treatment. However, pneumonia can cause dangerous complications in seniors, children, and people with compromised immune systems. The experienced team at Neu Urgent Care in Hazel Park, Michigan, diagnoses and treats pneumonia in patients of all ages. If you or a member of your family suffers from pneumonia symptoms, don’t hesitate to make a same-day appointment by calling the office, booking online, or simply walking into the clinic for urgent care treatment.
Pneumonia is an infection that causes fluid within one or both of your lungs. Pneumonia begins when a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection invades your respiratory system and causes inflammation in your lungs, creating excess mucus production that leads to fluid retention.
Pneumonia responds well to treatment. However, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems have an increased risk for life-threatening complications from pneumonia.
Pneumonia causes a variety of symptoms, some of which include:
If you have symptoms associated with pneumonia, it’s a good idea to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis, even if your symptoms are mild.
The skilled team at Neu Urgent Care diagnoses pneumonia with a comprehensive physical exam. Your provider listens to your lungs, reviews your medical history, and asks questions about your symptoms. They may also request X-rays, blood tests, or a sputum (mucus) culture to rule out any other conditions that contribute to your symptoms.
Treatment for pneumonia depends on the cause of your infection, the severity of your symptoms, and other individual factors. If your Neu Urgent Care provider determines that you have pneumonia, your treatment may include:
Some cases of pneumonia require only bed rest and extra fluids, but pain relievers or cough medicine can make you more comfortable while your body heals. With adequate rest and proper treatment, you should feel better in 2-3 days, but it can take up to one month to fully recover from pneumonia.
Taking preventive measures against pneumonia doesn’t just protect your own health, it also protects vulnerable groups such as infants and seniors from life-threatening complications that can arise from pneumonia. To prevent the spread of respiratory infections that cause pneumonia, you can:
Healthy lifestyle choices that promote overall wellness are your best defense against pneumonia and other debilitating conditions.
If you have symptoms of pneumonia, don’t hesitate to seek medical care. Call Neu Urgent Care to make a same-day appointment, book online, or simply walk into the clinic today.