Pneumonia—we hear about it a lot, but most of us don’t really know what the condition entails.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson want you to learn about pneumonia, as well as how you can recognize the symptoms of pneumonia as soon as possible to begin treatment. Read on as we offer some perspective.

What Is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that causes inflammation in either one lung or both of them. The infection can be either viral or bacterial, but is most commonly a bacterial infection.

If you have pneumonia, you may experience many of the same symptoms as you would with a cold or the flu, but they will be more severe and last for longer. If you think you have just a cold and your symptoms begin worsening or affecting your respiratory system more severely, seek prompt medical attention.

Early Signs of Pneumonia

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Fatigue

How Can You Prevent Pneumonia?

Believe it or not, getting the flu vaccine each year is one of your best methods of prevention against pneumonia. That’s because pneumonia is a common complication of the flu virus.

If you are age 65 and older, you may also benefit from a dose of the pneumonia vaccine. You can also take steps to limit your risk of developing pneumonia by not smoking, getting plenty of rest, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with those who are sick.

Foods That Can Help You Get Rid of Pneumonia

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • White meat
  • Cold water fish like salmon and sardines

Do you think you might be coming down with pneumonia? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hixson today! No appointment is necessary.