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    Understanding Pneumonia -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?

    The symptoms of pneumoniacan include:

    You may also notice nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, and mental confusion. Sometimes a person with diabetes may have only a few of the symptoms that you might see with a pneumonia.

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    Is Bronchitis Contagious?

    Bronchitis makes you cough -- a lot. It can make it hard to breathe, too, and can cause wheezing, fever, tiredness, and chest pain. The disease happens when the lining of the airways in your lungs gets irritated.

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    Bacterial pneumonia in children may have more subtle symptoms:

    • Labored and rapid breathing (more than 45 breaths a minute)
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Wheezing
    • Bluish skin, lips, or fingertips

    Infants may have less specific symptoms, such as fussiness or difficulty feeding.

    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.


    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD on March 20, 2016

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