Pneumonia

DTLA Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Group located in Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

Pneumonia is a common respiratory condition that worsens if left untreated. At DTLA Urgent Care in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the practice provides accurate diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia for patients of all ages. To discuss your condition with an experienced physician you can drop by the office or book an appointment by phone or online.

Pneumonia

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection causing the lungs to become inflamed and filled with fluid or pus. The symptoms of pneumonia can range in intensity. Although anyone can become infected with pneumonia, infants and adults over the age of 65 are the most at risk. Pneumonia is highly treatable and can typically be addressed with one or two weeks of treatment.

What causes pneumonia?

Pneumonia infections can be caused by bacteria, virus, or fungus. The most common causes of pneumonia are cold and flu viruses and Streptococcus bacteria. Infections like the cold, flu, or strep throat can invade the lungs, causing them to swell and fill with fluid.

Pneumonia is a contagious condition and is easily spread through contact with infected persons.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia can vary depending on the intensity of the infection. Some of the most common symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up phlegm or pus
  • High fever (105 F and above)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Low appetite

Cases of pneumonia with very light symptoms are referred to as walking pneumonia. Although walking pneumonia might not halt everyday activities, it can still be spread through contact.

How is pneumonia treated?

The first step in treating pneumonia is confirming the diagnosis and determining how widespread the infection is. Pneumonia can be tested in a variety of ways including:

  • X-rays of the chest
  • Using a stethoscope to listen for crackling or bubbling in the lungs
  • A pulse oximetry test to test the amount of oxygen in the blood
  • A blood test to check white blood cell count
  • A bacterial sputum culture to test for bacteria in the lungs

Depending on your condition, your doctor may perform a combination of these tests to get a clear image of your infection. Once your condition has been confirmed, treatment can be administered.

The type of treatment you receive depends on the source of your infection. If your infection is caused by bacteria, then it can be effectively treated with antibiotics. Patients with severe cases of pneumonia are typically treated with IV antibiotics.  

If your infection is caused by a virus, then rest and lots of fluids will be the best method for recovery. Over the counter pain and fever, medications can be used to reduce symptoms.

To learn more about ways to treat and prevent pneumonia, book an appointment with DTLA Urgent Care by phone or online today.