Pneumonia Specialist

Posture Perfect

Chiropractors & Family Medicine located in Dallas, TX

If you’re suffering from pneumonia, you need experienced medical care to fight your infection and avoid health complications. Stuart Alexander, MD, a talented primary care physician at Posture Perfect Wellness Center, is experienced in diagnosing and treating pneumonia for patients in the Dallas area. For comprehensive medical care you can trust, call Posture Perfect Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Pneumonia Q & A

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that causes inflammation in the air sacs, or alveoli, within one or both of your lungs. When your alveoli become inflamed, they fill with pus or fluid that causes difficulty breathing.

There are several ways to contract pneumonia, including:

  • Viruses that cause the cold and flu
  • Fungi found in soil or bird droppings
  • Bacteria that can appear on its own or after a cold or flu
  • Mycoplasma organisms are bacteria-like organisms

Most forms of pneumonia are contagious and spread through airborne particles from a cough or sneeze, not from person to person.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

If you have viral pneumonia, it may begin with flu-like symptoms. Additional symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Mental confusion
  • Bluish nails and lips
  • Fever, sweating, and chills
  • Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Cough that might produce mucus
  • Chest pain while breathing or coughing

Pneumonia symptoms can also vary depending on your age. Children under 5 might experience rapid breath while adults over 65 may have body temperatures lower than normal. When infants contract pneumonia, they are often sluggish, and they often vomit and have difficulty eating and drinking.

Who is at risk of developing pneumonia?

Anyone can develop pneumonia, but some people have higher risks, especially children under the age of 2 and adults over 65. Additional risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Hospital stays
  • A weakened immune system
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Chronic diseases like asthma, COPD, diabetes, and heart disease

People who have had strokes, are bedridden, or have problems swallowing are also at higher risk of contracting pneumonia.

Without treatment, some cases of pneumonia can lead to serious health complications and require hospitalization.

How is pneumonia treated?

Dr. Alexander reviews your symptoms during a physical examination and performs tests to rule out other health conditions like bronchitis, flu, and the common cold. Screenings for pneumonia might include:

  • Blood test to confirm infection
  • X-ray to review your lungs
  • Sputum test to identify lung infections
  • Pulse oximetry to check your oxygen levels
  • Bronchoscopy/CT to evaluate your airways

Your treatment depends on the cause of your pneumonia but often includes medications like antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungal drugs as well as cough medicine to help you rest.

We service patients from all over the DFW area including North Dallas, Addison, Carrollton, Plano, Garland, Irving, Allen, Richardson, and University Park, Highland Park, Frisco and McKinney. 

To treat your pneumonia infection, call Posture Perfect Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.