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Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses or, rarely, certain kinds of fungus. Either one or both lungs can be affected. When the lung tissue becomes irritated, the tiny air sacs in the lungs begin to fill with liquid, making it more difficult to breathe and providing a more hospitable environment for the infection to spread. Eventually, the lung's ability to distribute oxygen to other tissues through the blood becomes impaired, and infection can spread as the body becomes weaker.
The symptoms can vary, depending on whether you have viral or bacterial pneumonia.
Viral pneumonia symptoms include:
chest pain or achiness
swollen lymph nodes in the neck
coughing with just a small amount of mucus
Bacterial pneumonia symptoms are more severe and include:
cough with lots of thick mucus
sharp pain in the lungs that feels worse when breathing deeply
shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children five and under and adults over 65 should be vaccinated against pneumonia, and other people who have certain conditions like heart, lung or liver disease or compromised immune systems should also be vaccinated. Dr. Broukhim can help you decide if being vaccinated is right for you.
No; vaccines are developed to help supplement the body's natural immune system so it doesn't become overwhelmed by pathogens like bacteria and viruses and cause us to become sick. Following vaccination, some patients may experience mild symptoms like mild fever or muscle achiness that will only last a day or two.
Integrated Healthcare Medical Group accepts most private insurance, Medicarel, Industrial Medicine (Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Immigration). To the right is a short list of what we accept. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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