How to Diagnose Walking Pneumonia

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Walking pneumonia gets its mane from the fact that a person is able to function normally with the disease. Pneumonia is passed from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Walking pneumonia is a mild form of pneumonia, which is a bacterial infection of the lung. Walking pneumonia can be mistaken for the common cold, but can progress into something much worse. For this reason, you should learn to diagnose walking pneumonia.

You will notice symptoms that mimic the common cold that include headache, fever, coughing, and sore throat. You will probably assume that you have a common cold.

You may notice that certain common cold symptoms are absent such as runny nose, and sneezing. Take note of the absence of these symptoms to see if they do not occur.

You may notice that some cold symptoms are worse than a common cold such as a dry or productive cough, a high fever, or duration longer than 2 to 14 days. At this point, you should consider that you may have walking pneumonia.

You may notice symptoms that are not typical of a common cold. They are excessive sweating, chest pain, and nausea or vomiting. Some other symptoms you may experience that are not typical of a common cold are skin lesions or rash, eye pain or soreness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, fatigue, fast respiratory rate, ear pain, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and kin lesions or rash. At this point, it is time to see a doctor.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you suspect that you have more than a cold, be sure to write down all of your symptoms as they occur.
  • Any time your cold symptoms last more than a week, you should visit a doctor.
  • Whenever you have symptoms not typical of a cold, you should see a doctor.
  • Always see a doctor for a persistent fever.

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