Urgent Care for Pneumonia in Connecticut, Massachusetts & New York
PhysicianOne Urgent Care—a physician-founded practice that’s been in business since 2008—proudly offers urgent care treatment for pneumonia. We have urgent care centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, and we’ve earned a stellar reputation for always delivering quality care with ease and speed.
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a serious condition that results from a bacterial, fungal, protozoal, or viral infection within the lungs. When the immune system attacks one of these infections, it can cause one or both lungs to become inflamed, swell, and produce excess fluids, which can in turn make it difficult to breathe.
Numerous types of infections can lead to pneumonia, including:
- The common cold
- Influenza (the flu)
- Legionnaires’ disease
- Pneumococcal disease
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Medical providers may further categorize pneumonia as either hospital-acquired pneumonia (developed within a hospital or healthcare facility), ventilator-associated pneumonia (developed while on a respirator), healthcare-associated pneumonia (developed in an outpatient clinic or a long-term care facility), community-acquired pneumonia (developed outside of a healthcare facility), or aspiration pneumonia (developed when liquids, solid food, saliva, or vomit enter the lungs and cause an infection).
How Can You Tell if You Have Pneumonia?
Only a trained medical provider can supply you with an accurate diagnosis. With that said, some common pneumonia symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid breathing
- Coughing (sometimes with bloody or discolored phlegm)
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Increased heart rate
- Fever (but note that some individuals experience an abnormally low body temperature)
- Loss of appetite
- Blue-tinted skin, lips, or fingernails
Certain types of infections can produce their own set of pneumonia symptoms. For example, in addition to the symptoms listed above, viral pneumonia may cause a headache and muscle pain.
What Does Pneumonia Treatment Involve?
Pneumonia treatment varies from one person to another depending on numerous factors, including symptom severity and the type of infection involved. For instance, while a medical provider would likely prescribe antibiotic medication to treat bacterial pneumonia, they wouldn’t order it for someone with viral pneumonia.
Depending on your specific circumstances, a clinician may recommend:
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter medication
- Using a humidifier
- Performing breathing exercises
- Using oxygen therapy
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Receiving intravenous (IV) fluids
Especially severe cases of pneumonia may require surgery to drain excess fluid from between the lungs and the chest wall.
Visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Pneumonia Treatment
If you’re struggling to breathe while sitting still, you have new or worsening chest pain, you’re having trouble thinking clearly, or you’re experiencing any other life-threatening symptoms, be sure to call 911 or get to a nearby hospital as soon as possible. For less serious symptoms, you can rely on PhysicianOne Urgent Care for pneumonia treatment.
Visit the PhysicianOne Urgent Care location nearest you today for pneumonia treatment—we’re open 365 days per year during extended hours, and we always accept walk-in patients. Or, if you’d prefer to remain at home, take advantage of our 24/7 integrated telehealth service. Whichever option you choose, we look forward to providing you with professional, fast, and friendly urgent care.