How Can I Tell If I Have Pneumonia?

February 1, 2023

How Can I Tell If I Have Pneumonia?

We are still in the heart of flu and respiratory infection season, though there may be some hope on the horizon! While the later winter months and beginning of spring tend to trend downward when it comes to cases of viral infection, it is still important to be on the lookout for symptoms of illness.

Upper respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia can occur at any point in the year, so knowing the symptoms that indicate these two infections can help you determine what you are suffering from.

Get all the details about pneumonia and bronchitis below from our AFC Urgent Care Hixson team.

What Does Pneumonia Do to the Body?

Pneumonia is caused by an infection in your alveoli. Alveoli are the little sacs that help exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide between your lungs and your blood. When you have pneumonia, those little sacs fill up with fluid and can make it hard to breathe normally.

Pneumonia symptoms also tend to be more widespread throughout your body compared to a bronchitis infection. You can expect to experience body aches, chills and all-over body fatigue. Pneumonia can also be particularly dangerous to older populations and young children, so it is important to seek medical attention if you fall into one of these categories.

Symptoms of a Severe Pneumonia Infection

  • High fever that lasts for days
  • Chest pain
  • Blood in your mucus
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty Breathing

What Is a Bronchitis Infection?

Bronchitis occurs when an infection settles into the lining of your bronchial tubes, which are in charge of carrying air to and from your lungs. This irritation often causes a deep, wheezing cough and shortness of breath.

It is important to keep an eye on your symptoms, as an untreated or worsening case of bronchitis can eventually turn into pneumonia. If your pneumonia is severe enough, it can start to cause respiratory distress or other issues throughout your entire body. Come see us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of bronchitis or pneumonia!

Signs of a Moderate Bronchitis Infection

  • Deep cough
  • Production of mucus
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or discomfort

Are you feeling unwell? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Hixson for a quick visit today.

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