Pneumonia Specialist

Emcura Immediate Care

Urgent Care & Walk-In Primary Care located in Bloomfield, MI & Northville, Novi, MI

Pneumonia can cause a wide range of symptoms, and even if they’re mild you shouldn't ignore them as serious complications can arise, including death. The skilled providers at Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, offer convenient, on-site pneumonia diagnostic care and treatment. If your cold or flu-like symptoms aren’t going away, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Pneumonia Q & A

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi that lead to inflammation of your air sacs, as well as fluid or pus buildup in your lungs. Pneumonia infections can vary from mild to life-threatening.

Some individuals are at higher risk of serious pneumonia-related complications, including:

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Children younger than 2
  • People with compromised immune systems or who are receiving medical treatments, like chemotherapy

If you think you have pneumonia, it’s important to contact Emcura Immediate Care to schedule an appointment so an experienced physician can help manage your condition.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Pneumonia symptoms are similar to those associated with a cold or flu, but they usually last longer. The most common pneumonia symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever, sweats, or chills
  • A phlegm-producing cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea
  • Chest pain while breathing or coughing

Some men and women older than 65 or those with a weakened immune system can also experience lower than average body temperatures or mental confusion.

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

The experienced team at Emcura Immediate Care offer the most advanced medical care and diagnostic services in the area, including on-site digital X-rays and blood draw, a full-service lab, and providers who meet the highest academic standards and teach at institutions in the area.

During your appointment, your provider discusses your personal and medical histories, symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive medical examination. They also listen to your lungs for abnormal sounds that can indicate a pneumonia infection, like bubbling or cracking.

Based on your physical exam, your provider might suggest several tests to confirm a diagnosis, including:

  • Blood tests to identify your infection
  • A chest X-ray to evaluate the location and extent of your lung infection
  • Tests to measure your blood oxygen level
  • Sputum tests to analyze your lung fluid

The Emcura Immediate Care team relies on accurate testing to recommend the most effective treatments, many of which are available on-site. You get the results of your test quickly, and their radiologist usually reads chest X-rays within 30 minutes.

How is pneumonia treated?

Many forms of pneumonia respond to antibiotics, nebulizer treatments, and cough medicine, as well as rest at home. Emcura Immediate Care provides on-site antibiotic medication so you won’t need to stop at a pharmacy. For severe infections, or if you’re at risk of complications, your provider might recommend a hospital stay during your treatment.

Call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today if you have pneumonia or suspect you might.