Pneumonia can cause not only pain and discomfort, but possible death if it isn’t treated promptly by an experienced and skilled doctor like Dr. Nader Mahmood at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates in Paterson and Totowa, New Jersey. Get help for pneumonia now by booking online or calling the North Jersey Pulmonary Associates office today.
Pneumonia develops when the air sacs within your lungs grow highly inflamed as a result of infection or injury. This can cause the air sacs to fill with either clear fluid or pus, and it means that breathing normally can be nearly impossible. Pneumonia can cause highly serious symptoms, and in severe untreated cases, it can even cause death.
Symptoms of pneumonia can vary from one patient to another. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Symptoms often grow worse over time, especially if you don't get treatment quickly.
A pneumonia diagnosis depends on the exact symptoms you're experiencing. Dr. Mahmood will perform a physical exam, listening to your lungs closely. Additionally, Dr. Mahmood may do blood tests to evaluate your white blood cell count and look for signs of infection.
A bronchoscopy is perhaps the most important tool in diagnosing pneumonia. In a bronchoscopy, Dr. Mahmood checks your airways using an instrument known as a bronchoscope. The bronchoscope is ultra-flexible and super-thin, and it has a miniature camera at the end.
With the bronchoscope threaded through your nose or mouth down into your lungs, Dr. Mahmood can get a highly detailed picture of the air sacs and other lung structures to make a diagnosis.
A chest X-ray can give Dr. Mahmood a better picture of your lungs and can assist in making a definitive pneumonia diagnosis.
Pneumonia treatment varies based on both the cause of the pneumonia and how severe it is. In most cases, oral antibiotics are highly effective in killing the bacteria that caused your pneumonia infection.
If there's currently a flu outbreak in your area, you might need antiviral medicine as well as antibiotics. Depending upon the severity of your pneumonia, you might need corticosteroid medicine to fully recover.
Be sure to follow all of Dr. Mahmood's instructions to have the fastest and best recovery. This usually includes drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, and taking all of your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Book your visit with Dr. Mahmood online now, or call the North Jersey Pulmonary Associates office anytime to schedule.