The Irritable Coughing and Chest Pain could be more than a Common Cold

The signs and symptoms of pneumonia are primarily fever, cough, shortness of breath and also muscle pain. Symptoms such as shaking chills, rapid breathing and chest pains should not be ignored

Arka Roy Chowdhury
PneumoniaWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Nov 15, 2013Updated at: Nov 15, 2013
The Irritable Coughing and Chest Pain could be more than a Common Cold

Pneumonia is basically a sort of infection, one that inflames the air sacs in one or both of the lungs. The air sac gets filled with fluid or pus and this causes cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and breathing difficulties.

pneumonia symptomsOrganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi can cause pneumonia in a person. The condition of pneumonia can range from serious to life threatening and is most serious for infants, young children and people who are older than 65 years of age. Also pneumonia can affect people who have existing health problems or a weakened immune system. Also, people with pneumonia also experience other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrohea.

Cough and Sputum

Suffering from pneumonia means that it will cause you to cough vigorously and often produce sputum. The presence of red-brown, green or yellow sputum is definite signs of a bacterial infection. If you find thin and whitish sputum then you may be suffering from mycoplasma or viral pneumonia.

High Fever

When you have bacterial pneumonia then a part of your lungs will slowly fill with liquid in a process that is known as consolidation. Then some bacterial infections would develop over the next few hours. You will notice that you have high fever that could go up to 105 degree Fahrenheit.

Sharp Chest Pain

Suffering from pneumonia could also give a sharp and stabbing pain in your chest that will get worse when you breathe deeply or cough in case of bacterial pneumonia. Other types of pneumonia will too cause chest pain and the intensity would vary in each case. Needless to say that you will also experience heavy coughing and over all it will be a very painful ordeal. You must take medical help at the earliest.

You can broadly divide pneumonia into three segments and view their symptoms individually. These are Viral Pneumonia, Bacterial Pneumonia, and Mycoplasma Pneumonia.

Viral Pneumonia

The symptoms for this include:
• Experiencing low fever
• Getting chills
• Experiencing muscle aches
• Chest pain
• You may be having a sore throat
• Coughing that will bring up small amounts of mucus.

Bacterial Pneumonia

The symptoms for this include:
• You will be experiencing high fever
• Coughing with thick greenish or rust coloured mucus
• Difficulty in breathing
• Pain in the abdomen
• Severe fatigue
• Chest pains that will get worse with deep breaths

Bacterial Pneumonia in Children

The symptoms for this include:
• Your child will experience rapid breathing
• He or she will have a sudden onset of fever
• Coughing would be common
• Skin, lips or fingertips would turn bluish

Mycoplasma Pneumonia

The symptoms for this include:
• You will face sudden attacks of coughing along with small amount of mucus
• Experiencing chills and fever
• Experiencing nausea or vomiting
• Weakness for up till a month

You should call upon your doctor immediately after experiencing any of these symptoms, and get treated at the earliest.

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