Pneumonia, an infection of the lung, can make you very sick. Associated symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, and a fever. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Diagnosis is completed with an examination and possibly a blood test or chest x-ray. It is treatable. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Those with viral pneumonia may also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent complications.

As always with any illness, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Symptoms can be alleviated with cough medicines. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a stronger cough syrup.

Pneumonia is commonly a complication of other illnesses such as the flu, common cold, measles, or chicken pox. Avoid those sick with these illnesses to prevent yourself from becoming sick. Always wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer.

If you find yourself with symptoms of pneumonia, skip the busy ER and visit AFC Urgent Care in Malden MA. We have on-site diagnostics lab and x-ray equipment which means we can diagnose and treat you in our offices without the need to go elsewhere. We accept most major insurances and offer low costs for those without coverage. Visit us today at 219 Centre St in Malden, MA or call 781-322-7300.