Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia
- Initially, symptoms of a common cold followed by high-grade fever, shaking chills, and a cough with sputum production
- The sputum is usually discolored and sometimes bloody
- Patients may have breathing difficulties and shortness of breath
- Chest pain may develop if the peripheral part of the lung is involved
- The pain increases when taking a deep breath
- In children and the elderly, the symptoms may not be very specific and obvious; therefore, it should be carefully diagnosed.
- In some cases, pneumonia may be slow onset and worsening cough, headaches, and muscle aches may be the only symptoms
- Coughing may not be a significant symptom in many patients
Do and Don’ts of Pneumonia
- Take rest
- Take nutritious diet
- Drink a lot of water
Advice from Your Physician
The doctor would prescribe antibiotics, which should be taken early in the disease for a good prognosis. Older people, children, and immunocompromised people need more attention during the upper respiratory tract infection.