Early signs and symptoms of pneumonia in babies, kids & adults

Pneumonia is the infection inflaming the air sacs in one or both human lungs. The air sacs might fill with pus or fluid, leading to cough with pus or phlegm, chills, fever and difficulty breathing. There are various organisms, containing viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could result in pneumonia.

The cases of pneumonia could range from mild to life-threatening. It tends to be more serious for those infants or young children, for those older than 65 and for those with health issue or weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of pneumonia
Symptoms of pneumonia

Regarding signs and symptoms of pneumonia, they vary from mild to severe, basing on the factors like the kind of germ resulting in infection and your age as well as overall health. In reality, mild symptoms of pneumonia usually are similar to symptoms of the flu or cold, yet they tend to last longer.

The signs and symptoms of pneumonia (viral) contain:

  • Chills
  • Low fever
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Enlarged lymph nodes within the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing that often brings up only a little mucus

On the other hand, bacterial pneumonia often comes with the following symptoms:

  • Cough with rust-colored or thick greenish mucus
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sharp chest pain, especially if associated with deep breaths
  • Severe fatigue

Mycoplasma pneumonia symptoms contain:

  • Fever and chills
  • Attacks of coughing with a small amount of mucus
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Weakness for over 1 month

Normally, newborns and infants might not show any sign of an infection. Or, they might vomit, have a cough or fever, appear tired or restless and without energy, or even have trouble eating and breathing.

Those people older than 65 years old along with those in poor health or with a weakened immune system might have a lower than usual body temperature. Older people who have pneumonia occasionally have sudden changes in the mental awareness. [Read: what is swine flu (H1N1)]

Is It Pneumonia Or The Flu And When To Visit A Doctor?

Because the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu are rather similar, so it could be hard to tell the difference. With pneumonia, sufferers might notice that their symptoms do not disappear after several weeks. In reality, they even get worse. For some older adults and people with heart failure as well as chronic lung issues, pneumonia could rapidly become a life-threatening condition.

If you have trouble breathing, chest pain or persistent high fever or cough, particularly if you cough up pus, or if your fingernails, skin or toenails turn bluish or become dark, you had better see your doctor right instantly.