Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs that causes inflammation of the air sacs (alveoli). Caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses, Pneumonia affects 5-10 million Americans a year and ranges in severity from mild to deadly.

 

The winter season brings people closer together and increases the spread of germs so preventative action is the key to staying healthy.

What are the symptoms of Pneumonia?

Often mistaken for other illnesses like bronchitis or the flu, Pneumonia symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Head and muscle aches
  • Productive cough that gets worse over time
  • Chest pain when you cough or breathe deeply
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

 

If you have a child 2 yrs. of age or under, are older than 65 yrs. of age, or have an underlying health condition it’s important to see a doctor.

Seek urgent medical attention if you experience any of the following.

  • Persistent fever of 102 F (39 C) or more
  • Intense chest pain
  • Persistent cough, especially if it produces pus
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Difficulty breathing

 

How can Pneumonia be prevented?

Protect yourself and your family from Pneumonia with these tips.

  • Receive all recommended vaccines
  • Wash hands often to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria
  • Avoid tobacco smoke and excess alcohol use to increase resistance to infection
  • Stay home from work/school when sick

 

Without medical treatment, Pneumonia can quickly lead to serious illness or worse. If you believe you could have Pneumonia, visit Doctors Express Indianapolis for the urgent care you need. We offer convenient extended hours seven days a week: Monday – Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and weekends from 8 am to 5 pm.