Pneumonia is a lung infection that can range from mild to severe, and it can be life-threatening in children, seniors, and people with compromised immune systems. Gaylene Soloniuk-Tays, MD, diagnoses and treats pneumonia in patients of all ages, so it doesn’t cause dangerous complications. If you think you or a family member may have pneumonia, call Compassionate Family Care in Visalia, California, to make an appointment, or book online today.
Pneumonia is a type of respiratory infection characterized by inflammation and fluid buildup in one or both of the lungs. Pneumonia can be caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.
Pneumonia symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. Pneumonia shares its most common symptoms with colds and other respiratory illnesses, including cough, fever, chills, and shortness of breath. Pneumonia symptoms can also include:
In some cases, pneumonia can cause mental symptoms like confusion or delirium.
Dr. Soloniuk-Tays is an expert at diagnosing pneumonia in patients of all ages. She’ll begin with a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your health history. She’ll listen carefully to your lungs, and she may order blood tests, X-rays, a sputum (mucus) culture, and additional diagnostics to determine the cause of your symptoms accurately.
Most cases of pneumonia can be treated at home with medication and bed rest. Depending on the type and severity of the infection, Dr. Soloniuk-Tays may prescribe antibiotics, antivirals, cough medicine, or pain medication to fight the disease and help you rest comfortably during your recovery.
Once treatment has begun, your symptoms should improve within a few days, but it may take up to a month for you to completely recover from pneumonia. Children, seniors, and other people who are at risk for complications, and adults with very severe cases of pneumonia may require hospitalization.
Pneumonia is a preventable illness, and preventive measures are the best defense against life-threatening cases of pneumonia in vulnerable groups. By getting your annual flu shot, practicing frequent hand washing, and maintaining good overall health, you not only guard against contracting pneumonia yourself but against the spread of infections that can lead to pneumonia and other severe health conditions.
To learn more about how to prevent pneumonia and other contagious illnesses, or to schedule an examination, call Compassionate Family Care to make an appointment, or book online today.