The Symptoms of Walking Pneumonia

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We have to know symptoms of walking pneumoniaWalking pneumonia can be a very dangerous disease, not for the person infected, but for everyone around them. While the symptoms of walking pneumonia by definition are much milder than the one that requires hospitalization, it would be a good idea to be familiarized with them to know when to stay at home and protect the people around one’s self. Not everyone has a great immune system – children and the elderly are most often the casualties of pneumonia. The following are the general symptoms of walking pneumonia.

  • Coughing. The coughs that walking pneumonia elicits will most likely not produce sputum. Coughing can spread the infection around to people with more vulnerable immune systems, so one should cough into a hanky or wear a face mask at all times. It’s only polite, and it keeps everyone around much safer.
  • Fatigue. Again, with walking pneumonia the symptoms will not be as severe as to impair from work, but one will still feel tired all the same. This sort of tiredness will be a little impairing, but should not be something that a good cup of coffee won’t cure.
  • Sneezing. As with coughing, try to sneeze into a hanky or wear a face mask to avoid infecting other people. Sneezing can be irritating and distracting. One should not perform delicate work when suffering from cold-like diseases while sneezing.
  • Headaches. Headaches are a general symptom of many diseases, but if it comes with the aforementioned symptoms it may be walking pneumonia already.
  • Other pneumonia-like symptoms. Eventually, the infection may spread to the lower respiratory tract, that is to say, the lungs, and may infect an entire lobe. This will be the part where it can get severe, but again, it is not the type to severely incapacitate anyone with a competent immune system.
  • A resistance to antibiotics known to work against ordinary pneumonia. This type of pneumonia is also called “atypical pneumonia” and as such will be resistant to the antibiotics designed for its usual causes. Penicillins and sulfonamide will not work on atypical pneumonia. As always, this is part of the reason that antibiotics should not be self-medicated.
  • Getting sicker and sicker within a week, and then recovering slowly afterwards. It takes a while to completely recover, but while recovering, one tends to be able to do work. However, one is still infectious at that point.

While these symptoms sound like the ordinary flu and other diseases that one could walk off, one should still stay at home if one gets sick with these, or as stated before, wear a face mask. Pneumonia can be a very severe disease. Among infectious diseases, it is one of the worst causes of mortality in the United States. In 2013, per 100,000 people, roughly 17 died of pneumonia. The statistics are small, thanks to general healthcare, but not insignificant – pneumonia can still make a recovery from this small number, and it is up to the people to make sure that they are protected from it. Make sure that you know the symptoms of pneumonia, including walking pneumonia, so that it does not spread within your community. Health is not a private responsibility, but the responsibility of everyone in the community, and as such, if you feel that you are sick with a potentially severe disease, you should make sure that you stay at home or go to the hospital and get yourself checked. It is not enough to have good hospitals to take care of the sick. It is much better to prevent more people from getting sick than to have to go to the hospital, which may have a congestion of patients.

16 Responses

  1. Those are some very nonspecific symptoms.

  2. I suppose that to actually diagnose you’ll want us to go to a doctor and get lab tests done huh? Defensive medicine indeed.

  3. My daughter is 5 months and has had Phuemonia twice. We thought this was her third go around but they are starting to think she might have asthma. They have put her on a steroid and a different Antibiotic. We will find out next monday what will be our next move. Please let me know whats going on with your little girl. Will keep praying!

  4. Fredrik Herbert

    I don’t know about this disease. I read about this here and I am greatly puzzled. Why did they name it walking pneumonia? Still, it is contagious and so we must take care. Nice medical tip you have mentioned here.

  5. Binglow Ferdinand

    I know of a person who gets cold very often. He keeps walking with a hanky on his face. I think he must be having walking pneumonia. I read about it here, thanks.

  6. Shiela Berdut

    My youngest nephew has this problem. He is always sneezing and catching cold. We have him under wraps most of the time.

  7. Trudy Mansfeld

    This is dangerous I know. I catch cold easily. I did not know about this. Thanks, I learned a lot today.

  8. Eric Von D'Boone

    I thought pneumonia was not dangerous but when I read your article I realize how serious it can be. Thanks for the information.

  9. Ali Gonepa

    Everyone must take care when they are ill. After all, they have a public responsibility too.

  10. Freddy Masoopa

    That sounds dangerous to me.

  11. Chellam

    Sure is a serious problem, got to watch out for it. Any shortcuts you know?

  12. Chellam

    It sure is a serious problem, got to watch out for it. Any shortcuts you know?

  13. John McCormack

    Any shortcut is dangerous. You can avoid it by watching out for people who have colds and coughs, especially if you are old or a child.

  14. John McCormack

    Any shortcut is dangerous. If you are a child or an elderly person there is more chance that you will become affected. Take precautions, avoid people who have this disease.

  15. McCormack

    No, there are no shortcuts now. Please avoid going to places where people have this infection.

  16. Chellam

    Thank you so much for the advice sir.

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