Treatment for Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral infection that causes the air sacs in your lungs to fill up with fluid or pus, reducing the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream. Symptoms vary based on severity; mild cases mirror the symptoms of a cold or the flu.

Should I See A Doctor?

To avoid hospitalization or serious complications, visit a doctor if you have difficulty breathing, prolonged fever, or persistent coughing. High risk patients should also see a doctor as soon as possible. These include infants below the age of two, elderly over the age of 65, and people with a suppressed immune system.
To diagnose pneumonia, your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If they hear irregular noises such as a crackling or bubbling, they will order a chest X-ray. Some patients may also receive a blood test, CT scan, or bronchoscopy.

Treatment of Pneumonia

Doctors fight pneumonia using antibiotic or antiviral drugs and expect to see improvement of symptoms in two to three days. The drug used will depend on your symptoms and their severity, your age, and your general health. The doctor may also recommend that you take certain over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen or Tylenol to reduce fever and other symptoms. Personal care through proper hydration and rest is very important as well. Drinking lots of water will help loosen phlegm and other secretions in your lungs. Rest will help your immune system stay strong while it fights off the bacteria or virus causing your pneumonia.
Severe cases of pneumonia can lead to hospitalization. In these cases, your physicians may administer intravenous antibiotics, respiratory therapy which delivers medication straight to your lungs, and oxygen therapy which maintains your blood oxygen levels.

Avoiding Pneumonia

Pneumonia can infect anyone and has more than 30 different causes, including the flu. Practice good hand-washing habits and minimize contact with infected individuals to keep yourself healthy. If you have any questions, reach out to us with the contact form on the right or give us a call at (773)309-6740.

Varicose Veins – Should I Get Treated?

Symptoms Of Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins appear as purple or blue bulging or twisting veins, usually in the legs or the feet. Not all varicose veins will cause pain, but the condition generally worsens over time and other symptoms may develop including:

  • Aching or Heaviness
  • Burning, Itching, or Throbbing
  • Swelling or Skin Coloration
  • Bleeding or Ulcers

Should I Get Treated?

Since varicose vein symptoms can worsen, it may make sense to get treated now rather than waiting for complications. Traditional home remedies can bring relief from pain and other symptoms, but will not change the appearance of your varicose veins. These include exercise, compression stockings, and elevating your legs while resting. 

If home remedies do not provide relief or if you would like to change the appearance of your varicose veins, surgical treatment may be a better option. Minimally invasive surgeries can provide fast relief and can be completed in the doctor's office. These include Endovenous Laser Treatment, Ambulatory Phlebotomy, and Sclerotherapy.

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery and is considered the gold standard for treating vein disease. A thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein and then sealed off with a laser. 
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of a vein through a small puncture in the skin. This procedure is done under local anesthesia and the patient is generally able to walk right after the procedure. 
  • Sclerotherapy is the injection of a special solution into smaller and spider veins. The solution will collapse and destroy the vein, but the procedure is virtually painless. 

Because varicose veins are surface veins, they account for a small portion of your blood flow. Patients do not have to worry about problems with blood flow after sealing or removing varicose veins, though potential side effects include minimal scarring, bruising, or blood clots. Most patients will have resumed regular activity with 24 hours.