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What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

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Pneumonia symptoms can be mild or severe based on what causes it, your age, and your overall health. The most common symptoms are:

You may also have:

  • Cough (you might bring up yellow, green, or even bloody mucus)
  • Fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath (for some people, this happens only when they climb stairs)
  • Chest pain (you might get a stabbing or sharp pain that’s worse when you cough or take a deep breath)
  • Confusion (more common for adults 65 and older)
  • Run-down feeling
  • Headache
  • Heavy sweating and clammy, damp skin
  • Throwing up or feeling like you might

From: Is It Bronchitis or Pneumonia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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