Symptoms of pneumonia can leave certain groups of people hospitalized. If not treated properly, it can also end in death. It is important to be able to recognize early symptoms of pneumonia and the warning signs that can result in something more serious. AFC Urgent Care Waltham can provide you with the information you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. If you think you may have pneumonia, visit us today. We can provide treatment for a variety of illnesses.
Early signs of pneumonia
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Getting a flu shot is one way to experience more mild symptoms and have less of a chance of complications. Bacterial pneumonia can cause more severe symptoms that can show up suddenly, but pneumonia can also be caused by a virus, where the symptoms show up more gradually. Signs of both types of pneumonia can include:
- Cough that produces mucus
- Fever, with chills or body aches
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
In infants and children, they can experience any of these symptoms as well as vomiting or diarrhea. Older adults can experience confusion, as well.
When to see a doctor
As mentioned, pneumonia can be life-threatening in some cases. If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty breathing, a bluish color in your lips or fingers, have a high fever, or symptoms that are getting worse, you should seek medical attention. Do not wait for your symptoms to get worse to call a doctor. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham for a consultation.
Older adults, children, or those with underlying health conditions are at the highest risk for complications or severe symptoms. In addition to getting their flu shot, these groups should be extremely cautious around others who are sick. Call your doctor if anyone within these groups begins to experience any symptoms.
At-home treatment options
Bacterial pneumonia can be treated with an antibiotic. It is crucial to take all of the prescription as directed. If not, pneumonia may come back and be harder to treat, as it has a resistance to antibiotics. However, viral pneumonia does not have a specific treatment, and certain medications can help alleviate symptoms. Ibuprofen can help with a fever, but be sure not to take it continuously. A consistent fever over multiple days can be a sign of something more serious. Drink plenty of water to remain hydrated, this can also help loosen any mucus in your system. Using a humidifier throughout the day and at night can have the same effect. Lastly, get plenty of rest throughout the duration of the illness. This allows your body time to recover, and pneumonia can leave you feeling exhausted.