Same-day care for pneumonia
Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs that causes inflammation. Aspirating food or liquid into the lungs, fungal infections and exposure to irritants are some causes of pneumonia. In healthy adults, pneumonia causes moderate symptoms. However, it’s a life-threatening condition for infants and older adults with existing health issues.
Dedicated providers at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care assess and treat pneumonia in Goshen, IN, seven days a week. With extended hours on weekdays, our team provides quality urgent care for health concerns that aren’t life-threatening, including mild pneumonia. Visit our urgent care on Elkhart Road or call (574) 535-1700 to schedule an appointment.
Pneumonia symptoms you should know
A common symptom of pneumonia is wet cough, as the infection produces excessive phlegm and forces you to cough up white, yellow, green or brown mucus.
In addition to wet cough, you may also experience:
- Chest congestion, pain or tightness
- Fever and chills
- Shortness of breath
When to go to the ER
A person’s overall health impacts how pneumonia affects them.
In severe cases of pneumonia, the person may experience:
- High fever
- Gurgling sounds in the throat
- Moderate-to-severe shortness of breath
- Rapid, labored breathing
- Wheezing or whistling sound during breathing
- Confusion or lethargy
- Bluish color of the lips or fingernails
In high-risk groups, including adults with chronic diseases and immune system problems, pneumonia can be a serious condition. Always call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room for the symptoms listed above.
Pneumonia treatment at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care
When you go to urgent care with symptoms of pneumonia, we strive to find the right diagnosis to give you the care you need. Expect one or more diagnostic tests, including an X-ray, blood culture or sputum test during your visit so we can pinpoint the cause of your pneumonia.
Clearing the infection and relieving your symptoms is our primary goal.
To rid your body of the infection, your treatment may include:
- Antibiotics to treat bacterial pneumonia
- Fever reducers
- Pain relievers
- Fluids and rest
- Supplemental oxygen if not enough oxygen is in the blood
Severe cases of pneumonia may require staying in the hospital for advanced treatment. At our urgent care, we make the right assessment to determine the type of care you need. Our team can also connect you with a primary care provider to address your medical needs.
Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care diagnoses pneumonia symptoms in Goshen, IN, for communities in Elkhart County.