Pneumonia is a condition involving inflammation of the lungs. It’s caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. When these germs enter your lungs and multiply, your body sends white blood cells to the area to fight off the invaders as part of your immune response. White blood cells, mucus, and bacteria clog the tiny air sacs in your lungs and inhibit your breathing.
A classic symptom of pneumonia is a harsh cough that yields thick, yellow or green sputum -- a blend of mucus and saliva from the respiratory tract.
Other symptoms of pneumonia include:
In some cases, infants might not show any symptoms or signs of pneumonia. In other cases, a baby might have a fever and a cough, be lethargic, vomit, and have difficulty feeding and breathing.
If you or a loved one have a high fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and a relentless cough, you should seek medical attention at Village Emergency Centers.
Groups who are especially likely to catch pneumonia are:
For people with chronic lung and heart complications, pneumonia can quickly become life-threatening.
Some people who have pneumonia may develop additional complications, such as:
The medical professionals at Village Emergency Centers are highly trained in diagnosing and treating pneumonia. After performing an extensive exam, which may include advanced imaging, which the facility is equipped for, the doctor prescribes medication and therapies that help relieve your symptoms and tackle the source of the respiratory disease.
If you or your family members are enduring the symptoms of pneumonia, it's best to be safe. Visit the Village Emergency Centers for attentive, individualized emergency care at any time of day or night.
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