Family Physicians & Geriatric Physicians located in Apopka, FL
Every year, around a million Americans go to the hospital because they have pneumonia. If you’re concerned about pneumonia-like symptoms, you need medical care as soon as possible. IAM Healthy, in Apopka, Florida, offers same-day appointments and starts treatment rapidly if you have this potentially dangerous lung infection. Call the office or make an appointment online today.
Pneumonia Q & A
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a common infection that causes inflammation in one or both of your lungs. Your air sacs fill with fluid or pus, which makes it hard for you to breathe. The infection ranges in severity, depending on the organism causing your illness and your overall health.
Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can cause pneumonia. The illness is most common in children under the age of 2 and adults over the age of 65, as well as those with compromised immune systems.
Your risk of developing pneumonia is higher if you have a chronic condition, such as asthma or heart disease, or if you smoke. Being hospitalized for another illness can also increase your chances of developing pneumonia.
What are the signs of pneumonia?
If you have mild pneumonia, your symptoms are similar to cold and flu symptoms, but they last longer. However, if your infection is severe, you may experience a range of symptoms, including:
- A cough that produces thick phlegm
- Chest pain when you cough
- Shortness of breath
- Fever, including sweating and chills
- Nausea and vomiting
If you’re over 65, you may also develop a lower body temperature and cognitive problems, such as confusion.
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at IAM Healthy today for expert diagnosis and treatment. The earlier you start treatment, the less likely you are to experience complications, such as fluid in your lungs, lung abscesses, and bacteria getting into your bloodstream.
How is pneumonia diagnosed?
IAM Healthy provides comprehensive exams to diagnose the condition causing your symptoms. Your provider begins by asking you about your symptoms, medical history, and general health and lifestyle. They also listen to your lungs and check your breathing.
If they think you have pneumonia, they order several tests to confirm the diagnosis, including blood work, chest X-rays, and sputum tests to identify the specific virus, bacteria, or fungi causing your infection.
How is pneumonia treated?
When caught early, treatment for pneumonia is straightforward. Your provider prescribes medicine such as antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals to help your body fight off the infection. They also provide treatments to soothe your cough and help you expel the fluid and phlegm from your lungs.
Call IAM Healthy or schedule an appointment online today for expert help from compassionate medical professionals who are committed to improving your health.
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