Walk-in Treatment for Pneumonia in Brockton, MA

Urgent care nurse treating patient with pneumonia

The flu isn’t the only respiratory illness that’s known to strike in the fall and winter months.  Pneumonia—an infection of the lung’s air sacs—affects millions of Americans during flu season and beyond, causing unpleasant symptoms including the following:

  • Frequent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chest tightness

If you live in the Brockton, Massachusetts, area and need a diagnosis and walk-in treatment for pneumonia symptoms, PhysicianOne Urgent Care can help. Referrals are not required, which means you can come straight to us without having to call your primary care provider or your insurance company—you can simply get the care you need, right away.

How Pneumonia Is Diagnosed

Pneumonia can be diagnosed with the following tests:

  • Chest X-ray – An X-ray can show the location and extent of the infection in your lungs.
  • Pulse oximetry – Pneumonia can lower the amount of oxygen that reaches your blood, so pulse oximetry data can show the severity of a case of pneumonia.

PhysicianOne Urgent Care provides on-site digital X-rays and lab services, so we can quickly and efficiently perform a clinical diagnosis of pneumonia—you won’t have to waste time and effort visiting another office for these services. As soon as we’ve confirmed your diagnosis and whether you have bacterial or viral pneumonia, we’ll provide care and treatment so you can start feeling better as soon as possible.

Walking Pneumonia vs. Pneumonia

Walking pneumonia, or atypical pneumonia, is a less severe form of the illness that generally does not require extended recuperation, bed rest, or hospitalization. Symptoms of walking pneumonia are often similar to common cold symptoms, and can include:

  • Headache
  • Inflammation of the windpipe
  • Persistent and productive cough
  • Sore throat

Symptoms vary based on the precise location of the infection, and you may experience less common symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, or abdominal pain as well. If your cold-like symptoms last longer than one week, it may be walking pneumonia.

When to Seek Medical Treatment for Pneumonia Symptoms

PhysicianOne Urgent Care provides same-day medical attention for non-life-threatening cases of pneumonia and walking pneumonia. It’s important to visit us for care if your symptoms include:

  • A cough that does not improve with self-care measures
  • A cough that produces mucus, especially if it’s brown or streaked with blood
  • A lingering fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

It’s especially important to seek professional treatment for pneumonia if you’re older than 65 or have an underlying health condition that impacts your immune system.

How to Know if You Should Go to the Emergency Room for Pneumonia

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room:

  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • A cough that produces bright red blood

Other factors and symptoms that may indicate that hospitalization is your best option include:

  • If you are over the age of 65
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Low blood pressure
  • Very low or very high heart rate or body temperature
  • Rapid breathing

If your child has pneumonia, take them to the ER right away if they:

  • Have a lasting high fever
  • Exhibit difficulty breathing
  • Turn blue around the lips
  • Are vomiting and can’t keep down their medication
  • Are younger than two months old
  • Are lethargic
  • Have low blood oxygen levels

Find Pneumonia Relief Today at PhysicianOne Urgent Care

If you have bacterial pneumonia, our providers may prescribe antibiotics. We may also recommend using over-the-counter cough medicines, fever reducers, and pain relievers to help alleviate your symptoms. Most symptoms ease in a matter of days or weeks, though a feeling of tiredness can linger for a month or more. The most effective treatments for pneumonia are often plenty of rest, fluids, and healthy food.

In non-life-threatening scenarios, PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Brockton is an excellent place to receive pneumonia treatment. Our practice is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center and is open 365 days per year during extended hours. Patients can walk in or make an appointment ahead of time, and we offer a convenient 24/7 telemedicine service for those who’d like to consult with an expert from home. Referrals are not required, and we accept most major health insurance plans.

When you visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care’s Brockton clinic for pneumonia treatment, you’ll find a comfortable waiting area, short wait times, and a professional yet friendly atmosphere. Our mission is to deliver high-quality care to every patient, every time and to make it as convenient as possible to get a diagnosis and, if necessary, receive treatment. If you’re feeling ill, visit us today.

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