Pneumonia | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia can range from mild to severe, depending on your risk factors and the type of pneumonia you have. Common symptoms are similar to the symptoms caused by a cold or the flu. They include the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Bringing up mucus when you cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Chest pain

You may also sweat, have a headache and feel very tired.

If you have any of these symptoms, or if you suddenly start getting worse after having a cold or the flu, see your family doctor.

What is walking pneumonia?

Walking pneumonia is a mild case of pneumonia. It is often caused by a virus or the Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria. When you have walking pneumonia, your symptoms may not be as severe or last as long as someone who has a more serious case of pneumonia. You probably won’t need bed rest or to stay in the hospital when you have walking pneumonia.

When should I call my family doctor?

Pneumonia can be life-threatening if left untreated, especially in people who smoke, have heart disease, or have lung problems, and in adults 65 years of age and older. You should call your doctor if you have a cough that won’t go away, shortness of breath, chest pain and a fever. You should also call your doctor if you suddenly begin to feel worse after having a cold or the flu.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 03/09

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