Pneumonia-Lung Disease : Symptoms

Definition

Pneumonia is a respiratory condition in which there is inflammation of the lung, especially affecting the microscopic air sacs (alveoli).

Community-acquired pneumonia refers to pneumonia in people who have not recently been in the hospital or another health care facility (nursing home, rehabilitation facility).

Symptoms
The most common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  1. Cough (with some pneumonias you may cough up greenish or yellow mucus, or even bloody mucus)
  2. Fever, which may be mild or high
  3. Shaking chills
  4. Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs)

Additional symptoms include:

  1. Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough
  2. Headache
  3. Excessive sweating and clammy skin
  4. Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue
  5. Confusion, especially in older people

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