Pneumonia is a lung infection that affects people no matter their age. Patients younger than 2 or older than 65 are particularly at risk of developing the infection. Pneumonia can require medical intervention to keep it from becoming life-threatening. If you or a loved one has pneumonia, visit South Coast Family Medical Center in Laguna Niguel, California. Lauren Kent Davis, DO, Christopher Michael Davis, DO, and their team regularly provide care to walk-in patients with pneumonia. Call today to learn more about the convenient clinic.
Pneumonia is a lung infection. Your lungs contain small sacs that fill with air when you breathe. If you have pneumonia, these air sacs become inflamed and they can fill with fluid or pus. Pneumonia often causes breathing difficulty, coughing, and fever.
Many different types of germs can cause pneumonia. Bacteria, bacterialike organisms, fungi, and viruses can all cause infection to develop in your lungs. The most common cause of bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae and it can develop on its own after you have had the flu or a cold.
You can develop pneumonia while in the hospital or in a health care setting. These types of pneumonia can be more serious because the infection can be more resistant to antibiotics.
Pneumonia symptoms can range from mild to severe. Mild cases of pneumonia can be mistaken for the common cold or the flu, but symptoms usually last longer. Common symptoms include cough, fatigue, fever, and nausea.
You can experience chest pain when you breathe or cough, or cough up phlegm. Fever can be accompanied by sweating and/or chills.
People over 65 are more likely to experience confusion and/or low body temperature. If you or a loved one is confused about time, people, or places, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms in people with weakened immune systems can be more severe.
Mild cases of pneumonia can go away on their own. But you should visit the doctor if you have a persistent fever, cough, chest pain, or difficulty breathing.
Patients with pneumonia who are younger than 2 or older than 65 are at increased risk of a serious case of pneumonia and potentially life-threatening complications.
The team at South Coast Family Medical Center treats a wide range of pneumonia cases without requiring appointments. Treatment of pneumonia focuses on curing the infection with antibiotics. Cough medicine and fever reducers can manage symptoms of pneumonia to help you get more rest as you heal.
For effective and convenient pneumonia care, visit South Coast Family Medical Center. Call the office to learn more about our services today.