Lung infections are potentially serious conditions that can impair your breathing and prevent your body from getting the oxygen it needs to function properly. At the Pulmonology & Sleep Center in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, Florida, Frederick Tackey, MD, offers compassionate, high-quality care for a range of different lung infections. Book an appointment by phone or online today.
There are many different infections that can affect your lungs. A virus, fungi, or bacteria can cause a lung infection. Lung infections are typically mild but can become serious, especially for people with weakened immune systems or underlying lung conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Common lung infections include:
Pneumonia is one of the most common lung infections. It occurs when an infection reaches your lungs and causes inflammation to the small air sacs inside your lungs (alveoli). Pneumonia impairs the function of your lungs and can prevent you from getting enough oxygen into your bloodstream.
Pneumonia symptoms range from mild to severe and are especially hazardous to children and adults over the age of 65. A virus like influenza typically causes pneumonia, but it can be fungal or bacterial.
Bronchitis refers to inflammation of your bronchial tubes. Your bronchial tubes carry air to and from your lungs. Often referred to as a chest cold, bronchitis is typically caused by the same viruses that cause the flu and common cold.
Repeated episodes of bronchitis are called chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is common in people who smoke or are exposed to air pollution or toxic fumes.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that’s mainly spread through coughing and sneezing. Tuberculosis can affect anyone but primarily affects people with weakened immune systems. If left untreated, tuberculosis can spread to other parts of your body, leading to further complications like joint damage and kidney problems.
Lung infection symptoms include:
Your symptoms depend on the type of infection you have. If you notice symptoms of a lung infection, the Pulmonology & Sleep Center can help you find the right treatment for your condition.
Treating your lung infection begins with an accurate diagnosis. To reach a diagnosis, your doctor conducts a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam, imaging tests, and pulmonary function test. Depending on which type of infection you have, treatment may include:
If your condition is mild, rest and plenty of fluids may be enough to help you recover. Your doctor works with you to determine the severity of your condition and develop the right treatment plan.
To find out which treatment is right for your lung infection, call or book an appointment online today at the Pulmonology & Sleep Center.