Urgent Care Interventions For Bacterial Infection-Related Pulmonary Congestion

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If you have a bacterial infection that causes pulmonary congestion, or congestion in your lungs, then you may have difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Your breathing problems may also trigger anxiety and panic attacks when you are unable to take satisfying breaths. If you experience pulmonary congestion as a result of a bacterial infection, visit a hospital or urgent care center as soon as possible. Here are some interventions the urgent care center staff may implement to help relieve your symptoms. 

Nebulizer Breathing Treatments

When you have pulmonary congestion caused by a bacterial infection, your lungs may be filled with thick mucus that is difficult to expel when coughing. Because of this, the physician at the urgent care center may administer mucolytic medications through a nebulizer. Mucolytic medications are those used to thin viscous mucus so that it can be easily expelled when you cough.

The mucolytic medication will be instilled into the nebulizer, which will deliver the medication to your lungs via a steam inhalation process. Once the mucus congestion in your lungs has been cleared, a better pattern of breathing will be established. Before you go home, the urgent care physician may give you a prescription for additional nebulizer medications or they may simply recommend that you take an over-the-counter mucolytic medication.

Oxygen Therapy

You may also receive oxygen therapy, either through a face mask or a pronged nasal canula when you arrive at the urgent care facility with complaints of pulmonary congestion Oxygen will help relieve your shortness of breath and accompanying anxiety. It will also help prevent dips in your oxygen saturation rate. When oxygen saturation rates get too low, you may experience dizziness, increased shortness of breath, high blood pressure, chest pain, and blue-tinged lips and nailbeds.

While you are receiving your oxygen, the doctor or nurse may attach a small clip to your finger. This clip is called a pulse oximeter, a medical device for assessing blood oxygen saturation levels. The physician may recommend purchasing a pulse oximeter so that you can monitor your oxygen saturation rates while you are recovering from your bacterial infection. You will also be sent home with a prescription for antibiotics for your bacterial lung infection. Once your lung infection has cleared, your pulmonary congestion and shortness of breath will resolve as well.

If you have a bacterial lung infection, seek medical treatment from an urgent care facility as soon as possible. When treatment is implemented quickly, the duration of your infection may be shorter and its severity, milder. 


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