Pneumonia is a common respiratory condition that can result in flu-like symptoms and make it difficult to breathe. It can range in intensity and is usually only serious when affecting infants and adults older than 65. Haroon Rashid, MD, and his friendly team at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington in Arlington, Virginia, offer advanced and modern testing and treatment for pneumonia. To receive proper diagnosis and treatment of your condition, book an appointment online or by phone today or visit the Urgent Care Center of Arlington as a walk-in.
Pneumonia refers to an infection that affects one or both of your lungs. It leads to inflammation in the lungs and can cause the air sacs to fill up with fluid. The condition can range from mild to severe and although rare, can even result in hospitalization.
Pneumonia is an infection that can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or exposure to fungi. Usually, your immune system fights off these germs, but when impaired, they can spread, reaching to your lungs.
Viruses like influenza and those that cause the common cold can also lead to pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is most common amongst children under the age of 5. It’s usually a mild form of pneumonia but can worsen if left untreated.
Bacterial pneumonia is caused by bacteria that makes its way into one or both of your lungs. The most common bacteria known to cause pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae. Bacterial pneumonia is also common during periods of the common cold or flu.
Fungal pneumonia is most common amongst those with weakened immune systems or individuals who have inhaled a large number of fungal spores. Fungal pneumonia is much less common than viral and bacterial pneumonia.
The Urgent Care Center of Arlington uses a number of methods to accurately diagnose pneumonia in patients of all ages. In addition to a physical exam and listening to your lungs, the medial team also performs chest X-rays and lab work (blood work and sputum tests) to come to a proper diagnosis.
Once the source of your pneumonia has been determined, you can get started on a treatment plan customized to your needs.
The method of treatment depends on the type of pneumonia you have. For patients with viral or fungal pneumonia, cough medicine and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to combat symptoms as your body recovers from the infection.
The team also uses nebulizer therapy to help break up mucus and improve breathing. If you have bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics are the best option for effective treatment. The team at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington provides IV antibiotics to help patients overcome bacterial lung infections.
To learn more about treatment options for pneumonia, book an appointment at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington online or by phone today or visit the clinic as a walk-in.