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Pneumonia treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my pneumonia?

Yes. In many cases, a doctor on Maple would be able to treat pneumonia online by asking about your symptoms and observing your condition. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they may be able to provide a diagnosis (although, they may send you for an X-ray to confirm), write necessary prescriptions, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. It causes inflammation of the alveoli (air sacs), which fill with fluid or pus and make breathing difficult. It can be caused by a variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Both viral and bacterial pneumonia are contagious. Fungal pneumonia typically doesn’t spread from person-to-person, and is usually contracted from the environment.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Pneumonia symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, so pay attention to how you are feeling and act quickly if things progress. Typical symptoms include:

  • Coughing, which may produce phlegm
  • Fever, sweating, and chills
  • Shortness of breath, even when resting
  • Chest pain that worsens with breathing or coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Symptom more common in those over age 65: confusion or changes in mental awareness and lower than normal body temperature
How is pneumonia treated?

Pneumonia is treated differently depending on what kind of pneumonia you have, the severity, and your general health and age. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with oral antibiotics. Viral pneumonia can clear on its own with at-home care, but doctors do occasionally prescribe antiviral medication. And fungal pneumonias are treated with antifungal medications.

At-home care typically involves over-the-counter pain and fever reducers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Cough medicines can help calm a cough, but coughing helps clear the lungs so it’s recommended to use these medications with caution. Drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest are also helpful to recovery.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start consulting with a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Patients love using Maple

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Saves a lot of time compared to sitting in a doctor's office!

- Play Store review

Legitimate and just as described, with fabulous doctors. Totally fills the late-night worry gap!

- App Store review

Not having to endure a long wait at a walk in clinic is fabulous. Especially since I have twin pre-schoolers to contend with.

- App Store review

The service is so quick and professional and saves hours spent in a walk-in-clinic. This is a game changer for busy moms and I recommend it to everyone!

- Facebook review

Instead of my husband having to drag both kids to the hospital or walk in alone he was able to see a doctor right away and get a prescription faxed to our local pharmacy.

- Facebook review

Our family has used this service twice so far and it has been amazing. Both doctors were friendly, compassionate and you never feel rushed.

- Facebook review

Was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor without an appointment. I installed the Maple app, spoke to a doctor and had my prescription in under 30 min.

- Facebook review

I used Maple for the first time today. It was quick and easy, took less than ten minutes including connecting time and the doctor was professional and friendly. 

- Facebook review

LOVE This service. Not only do you have a doctor within seconds but they are professional and knowledgable.

- Facebook review

Absolutely blown away. It was SO easy to use. No wait time getting connected with a doctor. Getting the prescription faxed to the pharmacy made it a seamless process.

- Facebook review

Conditions Maple doctors can treat

Mental health

Our doctors are available to provide advice and treatment for common mental health conditions.

Some examples include:

Women's/men's health

Doctors can advise on family planning and treat conditions like urinary tract infections and erectile dysfunction.

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