What are Walking Pneumonia’s Symptoms?
The symptoms of walking pneumonia can sometimes be very indistinct. Many people during the beginning stage of it think they are coming down with a cold or even possibly the flu.
As time goes on, the symptoms tend to worsen and going to the doctor is inevitable. The only way to officially diagnose walking pneumonia is with the help of an x-ray.
If you notice the following symptoms, you are encouraged to seek medical attention promptly:
- Low grade fever
- Progress coughing
- Extreme fatigue
- Chest congestion
- Sore throat (which may just be due to the increase of coughing)
- Pain in the chest area, also possibly can radiate to arms or even legs
- Difficulty with labored breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Upper back pain
- Swollen glands in neck area
- Clammy skin
The main initial symptom will be the lack of energy or extreme exhaustion. This symptom of walking pneumonia can be the only one present for up to three weeks prior to any other symptoms. So be mindful if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.
If diagnosed in a timely manner, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics. The one important factor to be aware of is that walking pneumonia is contagious and is transmitted through the air by coughing and sneezing. Wearing a face mask will eliminate the spread of the disease.
More than likely you will be able to continue to function somewhat normally but with limitations. The best suggestion for a speedy recovery is to get plenty of rest and drink fluids. Avoid close contact with others like on crowded buses, classrooms and on subways.
Walking pneumonia is affected by more than two million people in the United States each year but the figures are somewhat skewed because many mistake the symptoms for colds or flu. It is not recommended to take over the counter medications until you have first seen your doctor.
The doctor will prescribe the correct regimen for you and will include antibiotics and a healthy diet. Rest is the best way to allow your body to heal and recuperate quicker than trying to continue with day to day activities.
So the next time you think you may have just a common flu or cold, it would be wise to get another opinion to make sure it’s not walking pneumonia instead.