Understanding Pneumonia -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?
The symptoms of
viral pneumonia usually are:
Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
Coughing that usually brings up only a small amount of mucus
Bacterial pneumonia usually has these symptoms:
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Cough with thick greenish or rust-colored mucus
Shortness of breath
Sharp chest pain that is worse with deep breaths
You may also notice chills, heavy sweating, and mental confusion.
Bacterial pneumonia in children may have these symptoms:
Labored and rapid breathing (more than 45 breaths a minute)
Sudden onset of fever
Bluish skin, lips, or fingertips
Mycoplasma pneumonia symptoms include:
Violent attacks of coughing that bring up only a small amount of mucus
Chills and fever
Nausea or vomiting
Weakness for up to a month
When to Call Your Doctor About Pneumonia
Call your doctor if you have any of the symptoms of pneumonia. Most of the time, you will need immediate treatment to get better and avoid complications. Also call your doctor if:
Your sharp chest pain does not get better.
Your shortness of breath gets worse.
Your fingernails, toenails, or skin become dark or turn bluish.
You cough up blood.