How can you tell the difference between pneumonia and bronchiolitis?

The big difference between these two conditions — and you might not be able to feel it — is which part of the respiratory system is affected.

  1. Bronchitis affects the bronchial tubes that carry air to your lungs.
  2. Pneumonia affects the air sacs, called alveoli, where oxygen passes into your blood.

How does radiography detect pneumonia?

Chest x-ray: An x-ray exam will allow your doctor to see your lungs, heart and blood vessels to help determine if you have pneumonia. When interpreting the x-ray, the radiologist will look for white spots in the lungs (called infiltrates) that identify an infection.

What imaging shows bronchitis?

Chest CT. A chest CT provides a visual assessment of the lungs that can help identify bronchitis and other conditions such as lung infections, pulmonary embolus, or lung cancer.

What’s the difference between bronchiolitis and bronchitis?

Both can be caused by a virus. Both affect the airways in the lungs, but bronchitis affects the larger airways (the bronchi). Bronchiolitis affects the smaller airways (bronchioles). Bronchitis usually affects older children and adults, while bronchiolitis is more common in younger children.

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Blood tests to confirm the infection and to try to identify the germ that is causing your illness. Chest X-ray to look for the location and extent of inflammation in your lungs. Pulse oximetry to measure the oxygen level in your blood. Pneumonia can prevent your lungs from moving enough oxygen into your bloodstream.

How is Covid pneumonia diagnosed?

Your doctor can diagnose COVID-19 pneumonia based on your symptoms and lab test results. Blood tests may also show signs of COVID-19 pneumonia. These include low lymphocytes and elevated C-reactive protein (CRP). Your blood may also be low in oxygen.

Can you hear pneumonia with a stethoscope?

If you think it could be pneumonia, you should see your doctor. Your doctor may diagnose pneumonia based on your medical history and the results from a physical exam. He or she will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. Your doctor may also do some tests, such as a chest X-ray or a blood test.

How does a pneumonia cough sound?

If you have pneumonia, your lungs may make crackling, bubbling, and rumbling sounds when you inhale.