Pneumonia Specialist

Medical Center West

Michelle Berry, DO

Primary Care Physician located in Boerne, TX

Despite its contagiousness and many dreadful symptoms, pneumonia is a very treatable disease that, because of the development of medicine, is very rarely life-threatening. At Medical Center West in Boerne, Texas, Michelle Berry, DO, can treat your symptoms effectively and help you avoid the infection altogether. If you’re experiencing symptoms of pneumonia, call Medical Center West or schedule your appointment online today.

Pneumonia Q & A

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that affects your lungs. When your lungs are infected with pneumonia, the air sacs that allow you to breathe become inflamed and fill up with fluid and pus, making it difficult for you to breathe properly.

Cases of pneumonia can be mild and manageable or severe and life-threatening. It is very contagious, so you should stay away from work, school, friends, and family if you have it. It is the most severe for small children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.

How did I get pneumonia?

You might have gotten pneumonia from one of many potential sources. It’s common to catch pneumonia during a stay or visit to a hospital or after you’ve had a bad case of the common cold or flu. Pneumonia can stem from:

  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Other substances that reach your lungs (e.g., food, vomit, saliva)

There are vaccinations available that fight against several of the bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia. If you’re at particularly high risk for pneumonia because of a chronic condition or your age, Dr. Berry at Medical Center West can help you explore these vaccinations or other prevention options.

How can I tell if I have pneumonia?

Pneumonia comes with a host of unpleasant symptoms. If you catch pneumonia, you might experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Fever
  • Low body temperature
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion (usually only in patients age 65 or older)

If you’re unsure whether your symptoms are from pneumonia or something else, it’s best for you to visit Medical Center West for a diagnosis. Even if you don’t have it, Dr. Berry can rule it out and identify and treat the illness you have.

What are my treatment options for pneumonia?

Once Dr. Berry diagnoses you with pneumonia and finds the cause, she makes a treatment plan for you immediately. You can fight pneumonia and its symptoms with:

  • Antibiotics (for bacterial pneumonia only)
  • Antifungal medications (for fungal pneumonia)
  • Antiviral medications (for viral pneumonia)
  • Cough medicine
  • Fever-reducing medications
  • Bed rest

Your case of pneumonia may last anywhere from a few weeks if you’re otherwise healthy to a couple of months if you have other conditions. If you’re at especially high risk or if your symptoms worsen, Dr. Berry may hospitalize you for your safety.

Having an aggressive case of pneumonia makes you miserable, but with proper treatment at Medical Center West, you can get back to health quickly. If you suspect that you have pneumonia, call the clinic or book your appointment online today.