Pneumonia

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

Pneumonia can be serious and life-threatening if left untreated, which is why early detection is crucial. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, diagnoses and treats pneumonia for symptom relief to prevent serious complications associated with the illness. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine clinic offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Call today or use the online scheduler.

Pneumonia Q & A

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or inhaling a chemical or liquid. It occurs when the air sacs in your lungs become inflamed and fill with pus or fluid. Pneumonia ranges in severity from mild to severe or even life-threatening but is more serious in adults over age 65, people with weak immune systems, infants, and young children.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate pneumonia.

  • Chest pain upon coughing or breathing
  • Confusion in older adults
  • A cough with phlegm
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Shaking chills
  • A low body temperature

Mild pneumonia is similar to having the flu or a cold, but you might suddenly feel worse or experience long-lasting symptoms.

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

At Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle reviews your medical history and completes a physical exam. She listens to your lungs and evaluates your breathing. Crackling or bubbling sounds may inculcate pneumonia. 

She may also recommend blood tests, a chest X-ray, pulse oximetry to measure the level of oxygen in your blood, or a sputum test after you cough.

What is the treatment for pneumonia?

The basis of your personalized pneumonia treatment plan from Healthworx Family Clinic depends on the type of pneumonia you have and its severity. Michelle may prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial pneumonia. Cough medicines and over the counter pain or fever reducers help alleviate symptoms of viral pneumonia.

At home care includes getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and taking medications as Michelle prescribes.

In severe cases of pneumonia, especially in older adults or young children, hospitalization might be necessary. Severe symptoms may require a breathing machine or ventilator. Michelle lets you know which treatment is most appropriate for you or your child. In addition to pneumonia, she treats asthma, bronchitis, and other conditions that affect your breathing.

How can I prevent pneumonia?

The best way to prevent pneumonia is to get vaccinated. Practicing good hygiene is an excellent prevention strategy, too. Wash your hands regularly with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t smoke, get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.

If you have a cold or bronchitis, take care of yourself with rest and plenty of fluids to prevent your illness from becoming pneumonia.

If you suspect pneumonia or another illness requiring treatment, such as asthma or bronchitis, call Healthworx Family Clinic for an appointment or use the online scheduler today.