If you or a loved one are experiencing coughing paired with a fever, nausea and other symptoms, you could be suffering from pneumonia. Commonly the result of a cold or upper respiratory infection, pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs and the symptoms can vary from mild to severe.
Not sure if you’re experiencing symptoms of pneumonia? Our medical team at eMedical Urgent Care can pinpoint the root of your illness and find a treatment that works best for you. It’s also helpful to understand what it is, what causes it and how to recognize the symptoms. Let’s take a look:
What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of your lungs causing the inflammation in the passages that carry air into your lungs. These airways get filled with fluid, making it hard to breathe.
What are the Causes of Pneumonia?
Pneumonia may occur because of exposure to a bacteria, virus, or fungus. For example, bacterial pneumonia is contracted simply from breathing infected air particles from the mouth, throat or nose into the lungs.
“Community acquired pneumonia” may occur from exposure at school or work and “healthcare acquired pneumonia” may occur from exposure in a hospital setting.
Additionally, your lungs may also become infected if you breathe in (aspirated) contaminant particles into your lungs, such as stomach contents from vomiting or have had exposure to hazardous materials.
Who is at Risk?
If your immune system was already weakened from medications or another illness, such as the flu, you could be at a higher risk. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, children under the age of 2 and adults over the age of 65 are also more likely to get pneumonia.
Is Pneumonia Contagious?
Pneumonia, in itself, is not contagious, but viruses and bacteria that can lead to pneumonia often are contagious.
What are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?
- Fever with chills
- Fatigue and weakness
- “Wet” cough with fever
- Mucus that appears rusty or green, maybe bloody
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Each type of pneumonia is treated differently. At eMedical Urgent Care, you can trust our medical professionals to provide you with a reliable diagnosis and treatment for pneumonia. We will assess your condition by doing a physical exam and ordering an X-ray or blood test, if necessary, to help formulate the diagnosis.
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