Pneumonia is a respiratory infection impacting the lungs. Cases range from mild to severe, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you’re struggling with a persistent cough, shortness of breath and fever. Pneumonia symptoms can improve if treated promptly.
Modern Urgent Care offers quick and efficient testing and treatment for pneumonia. Our convenient locations and outstanding team make us Central Valley’s source for value-based care.
What Causes Pneumonia?
What starts as a respiratory illness, like the flu or common cold, can develop into pneumonia. If germs, such as viruses, bacteria or fungi, get into your lungs, your body’s immune system gets to work. However, this can result in the inflammation of your lungs’ air sacs. Inflamed air sacs can fill with fluid or pus, leading to pneumonia symptoms.
Pneumonia has many of the same symptoms as other respiratory conditions, like bronchitis. However, pneumonia symptoms tend to be more severe.
Common signs that could indicate pneumonia include:
- Cough with or without mucus
- Chest pain while coughing or breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Shallow, rapid breathing
Can Urgent Care Treat Pneumonia?
Patients struggling with pneumonia symptoms can visit one of our clinic locations to Findget the care and treatment they need fast. You can even make an appointment up to 20 minutes in advance while you’re on your way.
Our team will conduct a thorough physical examination and provide diagnostic tests such as chest X-rays to understand how your body is responding to the illness. With a proper diagnosis, we will find the right treatment plan for your needs, which could include antibiotics.
Pneumonia: Urgent Care or ER
Pneumonia symptoms can be serious, but that’s no reason to rush to the ER. Older adults, patients with a weakened immune system and small children tend to be at a higher risk for severe pneumonia and should consider going to the emergency room for care. However, most people can be safely treated for pneumonia at an urgent care clinic. This frees up hospitals to handle more critical patients.
Find Quick and Effective Pneumonia Treatment
Modern Urgent Care is proud to serve patients in Central Valley. Our clinics in Ceres, Stockton and Manteca, CA, offer compassionate care, effective services and advanced treatment for all ages, including pediatric patients. Check in online to save your place in line and submit all your registration forms before you arrive to ensure minimal wait times. Book an appointment now.