Urgent Care for Respiratory Conditions

respiratory conditionsWhen you have a bad cough or the signs of a viral infection, seeing a doctor right away can help you avoid complications and get on the road to good health much faster. If you cannot get an appointment with your doctor, or you do not have a primary care doctor, one of our experienced physicians can make a diagnosis and recommend the right treatment for your symptoms. We diagnose and treat several different types of respiratory conditions, making Physicians Now a convenient alternative to a hospital emergency room.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a respiratory condition caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The bacterial form of pneumonia is usually more serious than the viral infection. Infectious organisms can enter your lungs when you breathe in, or the organisms living in your nose and mouth can migrate to the lungs. Some people develop a form of pneumonia called aspiration pneumonia, which can occur if you inhale fluid or food from your mouth.

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Some people have a higher risk of developing pneumonia than others. If you have chronic lung disease, dementia, cerebral palsy, immune system problems, diabetes, heart disease, or a brain injury, you have a heightened risk of developing this condition. Watch for symptoms such as fever, cough, shaking, shortness of breath, and chills.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis causes inflammation and swelling of the airways. This causes cough, fatigue, chest discomfort, and difficulty breathing. In people with asthma, bronchitis can also cause wheezing. Most people get bronchitis after they have a cold or other infection. Viral organisms from the sinuses, throat, and nose spread to the airways, causing inflammation and swelling. If you experience any of the symptoms of this condition, visit our urgent care center to get the treatment you need.

Congestion

If you have ever had a stuffy nose, you have experienced congestion. This does not happen because there is too much mucus in the nasal cavity. Instead, the blood vessels of the nasal passages get inflamed, which causes swelling. Congestion can make it difficult to breathe, smell, taste your food, or get a good night’s sleep. It is especially serious in newborns because they have to breathe through their noses. The causes of this symptom include sinus infections, colds, nasal polyps, allergies, and flu. If you experience nasal congestion that does not go away within a few days, see one of our caring physicians to determine the cause and get relief.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes it difficult to breathe. The disease worsens with time and causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and a cough that produces a lot of mucus. One of the major causes of COPD is smoking cigarettes, but it can also develop in people who are routinely exposed to dust, chemical fumes, or other pollutants.

It is important to see a doctor regularly if you have COPD. If you do not have a doctor to coordinate your care, one of our compassionate physicians can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Regular medical care can help you avoid serious COPD complications, so schedule an appointment today.

At Physicians Now, our physicians and staff members value your time. We offer an affordable alternative to spending hours in the emergency room or waiting weeks or months to see a doctor. If you have any of the symptoms of pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma or other respiratory conditions, call us to schedule an appointment.