Pneumonia Treatment Specialist Q&A
At Lifetime Urgent Care, our specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating pneumonia. We are conveniently located at 2469 W. Hill Rd Flint, MI 48507. For more information, please call us or simply walk in!
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Pneumonia is an infection that affects the lungs. It is caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. It is a serious infection that causes the air sacs in the lungs to fill with liquid or pus. Pneumonia can be treated, and most people respond well to the treatment. But it can have long-term and serious consequences for some people.
If you are looking for the treatment of pneumonia or other respiratory concerns, Lifetime Urgent Care can help. We have trained medical professionals who can help and lab services to help diagnose and treat pneumonia quickly and effectively. We are available for people who live in the Flint, MI area. You can call to book an appointment. We also take walk-ins.
Pneumonia symptoms can range from mild to severe. This will depend on factors such as your age, overall health, or the type of germ that is causing the infection. Mild symptoms are often similar to what you would see with a cold or the flu, but they last longer.
Other symptoms can include chest pain when you breathe or a cough. Confusion can happen in people who are older. Your cough may produce phlegm. You will often feel fatigued and have a fever with sweating and shaking chills. Older adults can experience a lower-than-normal body temperature. Other potential symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Newborns and infants might not show any signs of infection. Or they might vomit, appear restless or listless, have a fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing and eating.
You should see a doctor if you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, a persistent fever that is 102F or higher, or a persistent cough, especially if you are coughing up pus.
It is more important for people in high-risk groups to see a doctor if they have symptoms of pneumonia. These high-risk groups include people over 65, children younger than 2, people who have underlying health conditions, people with weakened immune systems, or people who are taking medications that suppress the immune system.
People who have had heart failure or chronic lung issues are at great risk of pneumonia becoming life-threatening.
The four stages of pneumonia are:
– Congestion – In this stage, the lungs become heavy and congested as fluid fills the lungs. You may experience coughing, a heaviness in the chest, fatigue, loss of appetite, or rapid breathing.
– Stage 2 – This is often referred to as “red hepatization.” Immune cells and red blood cells enter the lungs to fight the infection. This gives the lungs a red appearance. This is the beginning of the body’s attempt to fight the infection. However, symptoms may start to worsen. You may experience a more productive cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, fever, extreme fatigue, sweating, chills, and bluing of the lips or fingernails. Some people may experience confusion at this stage.
– This stage is called Gary hepatization. At this stage, red blood cells will disintegrate and give the lungs a greyish color. Symptoms will usually persist.
This is the resolution phase. At this stage, you will start to feel better but may still have a productive cough.
Viruses, fungi, and bacteria can cause pneumonia. In the U.S., viral pneumonia is most often caused by the flu or various forms of respiratory viruses. Bacterial forms of pneumonia most often come from Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). There are times when a clinician is not able to identify which germ caused someone to become ill with pneumonia.
Pneumonia can be acquired through community involvement, just being around others. It can be acquired during a stay in the hospital or other healthcare setting. Pneumonia can also be triggered by a ventilator if they have needed to use one. Pneumonia infections that come from the community are usually different from those that are acquired in healthcare settings.
Most people who get pneumonia will not have many difficulties and will respond well to treatment. But pneumonia can have serious effects and even be deadly for some people. People who are older and those who are very young, have a weakened immune system, or serious medical conditions can have serious consequences from pneumonia.
Some of these issues are:
– Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a serious form of respiratory failure.
– Lung abscesses are pockets of pus in or around the lung and may require surgery.
– Repository failure can require the need for a ventilator or breathing machine.
– Sepsis is an infection in the blood and can lead to organ failure or death.
Visit Lifetime Urgent Care for comprehensive treatment of pneumonia. We are conveniently located at 2469 W. Hill Rd Flint, MI 48507. For more information, please call us or simply walk in! We serve patients from Flint MI, Rankin MI, Grand Blanc MI, Genesee County MI, Burton MI, Swartz Creek MI, Gaines MI, Fenton MI, Holly MI, Linden MI, and Atlas MI.