Pneumonia is one of the leading cause of morbidity not only in the United States but also worldwide. It is an infectious and contagious disease (see the link) that targets those who have decreased immune system such as the elderly. There are many types of pneumonia and one of them is the atypical pneumonia or the walking pneumonia. People need to be aware and have a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of this disease for early detection and treatment. Here are some of the symptoms of walking pneumonia.
Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae are the common causes of this type of pneumonia. The symptoms of walking pneumonia that are cause by chlamydophilia and mycoplasma bacteria are often mild. As for the legionella bacteria, it usually gets worse in the 4th to 6th days and improves after that. Though the manifestation lessens and the condition improves, it may take time for the signs and symptoms to completely disappear.
Typically, the symptoms of walking pneumonia are similar to other types of pneumonia. The manifestations include chills, cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Symptoms such as chest pain especially during coughing or deep breathing, headache, loss of appetite or anorexia, joint stiffness and muscle aches, and sweating and clammy skin. For those affected with legionella bacteria, confusion may occur as well and the cough may be accompanied by bloody sputum.
Knowing the symptoms of walking pneumonia will definitely aid in its early detection and treatment. Better prognosis is more common to patients that have pneumonia caused by mycoplasma or chalmydophilia because they respond better to antibiotics. The legionella bacteria can lead to severe problems such as diabetes, kidney failure, COPD and a weak immune system. Still, if one experiences similar symptoms as indicated above, it is best to consult your doctor and have yourself checked.