Affecting 5-10 million Americans each year, Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs (alveoli) in one or both of the lungs. Caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses, Pneumonia can affect people of all ages and ranges in severity from mild to deadly.

Common causes of Pneumonia are the cold and flu, which weaken immunity and the lungs’ natural defenses. With cold and flu season in full swing, it’s important to stay safe and healthy with preventative action.

 

What are the symptoms of Pneumonia?

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

• Fever with shaking, sweating chills
• Cough that may produce thick, discolored mucus
• Head and muscle aches
• Fatigue
• Chest pain when you cough or breathe deeply
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

It’s especially important to see a doctor if a child with symptoms of Pneumonia is under 2 yrs. of age, you are older than 65 yrs. of age, or you have an underlying health condition or weakened immunity.

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

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

 

How can Pneumonia be prevented?

Protect yourself and your family from Pneumonia with these Tips.

• Get vaccinated against Pneumonia or common illnesses that lead to it
• Wash hands often to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria
• Quit smoking to prevent lung damage

 

Without medical treatment, Pneumonia can quickly lead to serious illness or worse. If you believe you could have Pneumonia visit AFC Urgent Care Clearwater for urgent care. We offer convenient extended hours seven days a week: Monday- Friday from 8am to 8pm and weekends from 8am to 5pm.