Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. It is the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 years of age worldwide. However, these infections can often be prevented with vaccines and can usually be treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs (such as Tamiflu), or specific drug therapies. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You are more likely to become ill with pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. However, you can lower your chances by taking good care of your medical problems, and quitting smoking . You can also help prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections by following good hygiene practices, such and washing your hands regularly and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
If you see or experience emergency symptoms, head to:
Highland Park Emergency Room
5150 Lemmon Ave. Suite #108
call us at 972-268-6346
Preston Hollow Emergency Room
8007 Walnut Hill Lane
call us at 214-217-0911
A free-standing emergency room right in your neighborhood. We are open 24-hours a day — the only no-wait emergency rooms around. An emergency room physician can see you quickly, evaluate your condition, and take steps to alleviate your symptoms immediately. If appropriate, they will admit you to the hospital if needed.