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Pneumonia Santa Monica, CA

Breathing easy is something most of us take for granted until our breathing becomes impaired. Such is the case with pneumonia. This condition occurs as a result of an infection in the lungs. The alveoli, or air sacs, in one or both lungs become inflamed. They may also fill with fluid or pus. This causes coughing and difficulty breathing. Fever and chills are other symptoms that accompany pneumonia.

People at a higher risk for complications with pneumonia include young children and infants, adults over 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Some health conditions also make individuals more likely to experience a more severe case of pneumonia.

This illness is treated by first determining the severity and type of pneumonia and taking into consideration age and overall health. Antibiotics are used with bacterial pneumonia. Different types of bacteria respond to different medications. The doctor may decide to switch medicines if symptoms do not improve.

Cough medicine is used to help ease coughing bouts and allow you to rest. Coughing has the positive effect of removing the fluid from the lungs, so you do not want to eliminate it completely, but you do need to get some rest. Tylenol, aspirin and ibuprofen are used as part of the treatment to reduce the fever and relieve the discomfort of pneumonia.

Hospitalization is required if kidney function declines or if your blood pressure gets too low (below 90/60 mm Hg). Other indicators that a trip to the hospital may be necessary are:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Temperature is below normal
  • Heart rate is above 100 or lower than 50
  • You need breathing assistance
  • You experience mental confusion
  • You are older than 65

Symptoms of Pneumonia

A mild case of pneumonia can resemble a cold or the flu, but the symptoms will last longer. A severe case may require hospitalization. Signs to look for include:

  • Breathing or coughing accompanied by chest pain
  • Confusion in older adults (over 65)
  • Phlegmy cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever with sweating and chills
  • Nausea/vomiting or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

Older adults and those with weak immune systems may also have lower than normal body temperatures. Newborn babies do not always show signs of infection. They may vomit or have a fever and cough. They may also show signs of difficulty breathing or eating.

Pneumonia can change quickly from mild to severe. If you are coughing up pus, you need to see the doctor. People with heart problems or chronic lung conditions should see a doctor right away. The same applies to elderly patients and those with suppressed immune systems. Contact Dr. Michael and make an appointment.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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