Symptoms of pneumonia
Symptoms of Pneumonia
So what are the common things that happen when you have got pneumonia? Some common pneumonia symptoms include mild to severe cases, depending on the type of pneumonia you have, your age, and health condition.
Some of the most common symptoms of pneumonia are:
- Coughing: There is coughing during pneumonia which ranges from mild to harsh coughs and that may include greenish or yellow mucus.
- Fever: Depending on the degree and type of pneumonia, you can have fever that ranged from mild to high fever.
- Chills: Shaking chills are diagnosed in most cases of pneumonia.
- Breath Shortness: You might experience shortness of breath while doing heavy work or climbing stairs.
Apart from these basic symptoms, you might also experience other stuffs like:
- Chest pain: There might be sharp or stabbing chest pain which gets worse when you cough or breathe deeply
- Headache: Pneumonia can cause headaches too. Headaches can be due to degrading immune system or can also be complication of pneumonia like meningitis so you should be aware of that.
- Sweating: You might experience excessive sweating as well.
- Low energy and loss of appetite: It is not a surprise that your energy level goes down in any disease and so it does in pneumonia as well.
- Confusion: Old people experience some mental problems like getting confused over things.
Symptoms can be different depending on what has caused your pneumonia, bacteria or virus.
- In case of bacterial pneumonia, fever (body temperature) may go as high as 105 degrees F. It can cause rapid breathing high pulse rate and sweating. This pneumonia can cause profuse sweating, and rapidly increased breathing and pulse rate. Lips and nail beds can turn bluish and this is due to lack of oxygen in the blood. The patient can be confused or delirious.
- Viral pneumonia, on the other hand, have the same symptoms as influenza symptoms: headache, fever, a dry cough, muscle pain, and weakness. Within some hours, there may be increasing breathlessness and excessive coughing with a small amount of mucus. Similar to bacterial pneumonia, there is high fever and blueness of the lips as well.
Complications of Pneumonia
Here are some severe cases that are created if the pneumonia goes untreated.
- Shocks: Bacteremia shock and septic shock may be experienced. Bacteremia is a serious complication due to which bacteria from the initial infection site gets into the blood which in turn may lead to septic shock which is a more fatal complication.
- Lung abscesses: There might be collection of pus and they are usually treated with antibiotics but sometimes surgery or drainage with a needle might be required to remove the pus.
- Empyema, pleurisy, and pleural effusions: These are some extremely painful or even fatal complications which might occur if pneumonia goes untreated. The pleura is a membrane consisting of two large and thin layers of tissue in which one of them wraps around your lungs and the other one lines the inside of your chest cavity. Pleurisy is a condition where the two layers of the pleura become inflamed and which causes sharp pain in every breath in. A very thin space between the two pleura called pleural space consist of the build-up of fluid called pleural effusions. It is empyema when the fluid becomes infected. In this condition there is a sudden need of surgery to take the fluid out.
- Respiratory failure: Your respiration can be hampered and it might cause fatality due to lack of oxygen in your body.
- Renal failure