March 10, 2014

Pneumonia is an infection that affects the lungs.  Symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, fever and difficulty breathing.  These symptoms can range from mild to severe.  Severe pneumonia is most common amongst the elderly and those in poor health.  Diagnosis can be completed with an examination, chest x-ray or blood test.  Pneumonia is a treatable illness.  Antibiotics may be used for bacterial pneumonia. They may even be prescribed in the event of a viral infection to prevent complications.
If you are diagnosed with pneumonia, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. In order to alleviate cough symptoms, take an over the counter cough medicine. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a stronger cough medicine.  Since pneumonia may be common after illnesses such as the cold, flu, measles, or chicken pox, avoid contact with people who have contracted these illnesses.  Always wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you think you may have pneumonia, avoid the long emergency room wait and visit AFC Urgent Care Urgent Care in South Plainfield.  We have board-certified physicians on staff who can diagnose and treat pneumonia in our center.  Appointments are not required and we are open extended hours.  Visit us at 907 Oak Tree Avenue, Oak Park Commons (near the Super A&P) in South Plainfield or call us at 908-222-3500.

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