Warning Signs of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a very serious condition that should be treated immediately in order to prevent further complications from occurring.

Read on to learn about the warning signs of pneumonia.

Pneumonia Defined

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Pneumonia is a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of one or both sides of the lungs that causes the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus.”

Pneumonia’s Warning Signs

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should get checked out by a doctor immediately:

  • High fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Phlegmy cough that doesn’t get better, or gets worse
  • Shortness of breath conducting typical daily activities
  • Chest pain while breathing or coughing
  • Abruptly feel worse following a cold or the flu

Pneumonia may also produce other symptoms, such as the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Warning Signs for Newborns and Infants

It’s common for newborns and infants not to experience any signs of pneumonia. Or, if your baby does experience symptoms, they will probably be in the form of a fever and cough, and the baby may appear to be restless, sick, or tired and with no energy.

Warning Signs for Older Adults and People With Weak Immune Systems

If you’re an older adult or have a weakened immune system, you may have fewer symptoms than a baby would and the symptoms will likely be calmer. You may even experience body temperatures that are lower than normal. If you have an existing lung disease, it can worsen. Some older adults with pneumonia can also experience rapid changes in mental awareness.

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