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What Are the Early Signs of Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is one of those medical conditions that we hear of often, but don't necessarily know much about.

In order to avoid spreading the condition to others and to be able to recover from pneumonia as soon as possible, our team at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale want you to be able to recognize the early signs of pneumonia, as well as how you can treat the condition as soon as possible! Read on as we offer some perspective.

What Are the 4 Stages of Pneumonia?

Did you know? There are four stages of pneumonia, which are consolidation, red hepatization, grey hepatization and resolution.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, and it can impact either one or both of the lungs. It can be either a viral or bacterial infection, though it is more commonly bacterial. This means it can often be effectively treated with an antibiotic.

Early Signs of Pneumonia

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Fatigue

How Is Pneumonia Diagnosed?

When you come to an urgent care center for an evaluation, a chest X-ray will be taken to see if there is any inflammation in your lungs. In addition, a blood test will be used to show if your blood count shows that your immune system is actively fighting an infection.

Bloodwork will also help your doctor determine whether your infection is viral or bacterial, and your treatment plan will be based on that information.

Treatment for Pneumonia

  • Take an antibiotic as directed, if one is prescribed.
  • Try OTC pain relievers to alleviate discomfort.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Get lots of rest.

Not feeling at your best? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan to get you feeling as good as new!

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