What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a complication of a respiratory infection, such as the flu. Pneumonia cases range from mild to severe. In fact, some extremely severe cases can require hospitalization. If you are exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia, head to Mediq Urgent Care clinic in Greensboro or Winston-Salem for high quality treatment.
The Causes and Symptoms of Pneumonia
Pneumonia can be caused by many different types of germs, but the most common types of pneumonia are caused by bacteria and viruses.
The symptoms that are associated with Pneumonia include coughs, fevers, shaking chills and a shortness of breath – especially when any kind of physical activity is involved. Additional symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, excessive sweating, clammy skin, headaches, chest pains and confusion.
Pneumonia Risk Factors
Pneumonia is an illness that anyone can get. However, there are some people who are more at risk to developing pneumonia than others. The following are some of the people who are more at risk for developing pneumonia:
- People who smoke.
- People who have recently had viral respiratory infections, such as the flu.
- People who have a difficulty with swallowing due to Parkinson’s disease, dementia or recent stroke.
- People with chronic lung disease, such as bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis.
- People with cerebral palsy.
- People with serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease.
- People who have undergone recent surgery or trauma.
- People who have a weakened immune system due to illness, autoimmune disorders or medications.
The first thing we will do is diagnose your pneumonia. If it looks to be caused by a bacterial infection, then we will most likely provide you with antibiotics based on a number of factors that include your age, your symptoms and the severity of your symptoms. Antibiotics have a very high cure rate for bacterial pneumonia. You should see improvement in your symptoms within two to three days.
If you have viral pneumonia, then antibiotics will not be effective. If your pneumonia is caused by the flu virus, then you may be prescribed certain drugs that will help prevent the flu virus from spreading throughout your body. If your pneumonia is caused by RSV, a different type of medication may be prescribed.
In addition to being prescribed antibiotics or other medications, we will suggest a treatment plan as well as recommend a follow up appointment to make sure that the pneumonia has cleared up or is clearing up.