See us if you have any of these pneumonia symptoms:
cough (with greenish, yellow, or even bloody mucus), mild to high fever, chills/shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain made worse by deep breath or coughing, headache, excessive sweating, clammy skin, loss of appetite, low energy, fatigue, confusion (especially in older people).
Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. It is contagious and can be spread by coughing, sneezing, touching or normal breathing. It can be a complication of the flu. Pneumonia can have up to 30 different causes and the treatment depends on the cause. Recovery time for most healthy people is 1 – 3 weeks, but pneumonia can be life-threatening.
The right treatment for pneumonia depends on the type and severity of the illness, as well as other chronic diseases that may be present. Most people can be treated at home by:
- Drinking fluids to loosen secretions and phlegm
- Getting a lot of rest
- Controlling fever with aspirin, and NSAIDs including ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen. Do NOT give aspirin to children.
- Taking prescribed antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia
- Taking prescribed antiviral medication for viral pneumonia
Pneumonia can be a serious disease and the lung specialists at PAR are specially-trained to diagnose and treat it. If you have symptoms, it’s important to contact us immediately.