What Are Early Signs of Pneumonia?

Pneumonia comes in many types depending on your age and health conditions. Symptoms accordingly vary from mild to severe.

The most common symptoms:

Fever (mild or high)
Cough (with some greenish or yellow, even bloody mucus)
Shaking chills and shortness of breath

Additional symptoms:

Sharp or stabbing chest pain
No desire to eat
Fatigue and less energetic
Excessive sweating and clammy skin
Confusion, especially in older people

Different symptoms in bacterial pneumonia and viral pneumonia:

Bacterial pneumonia:
A high temperature may rise as high as 105 degrees F.
Profuse sweating.
Rapidly increased breathing and pulse rate.
A bluish color on lips
Confused mental state.

Viral pneumonia:
Fever, a dry cough, headache, muscle pain, and weakness.
Increasing breathlessness within 1-2 days.
Small amount of mucus.
Blueness of the lips.


Here are all the possible symptoms remind you of better caring for your lungs. For any sign lasting for more than 24 hours, your doctor’s advice would be the best treatment. In particular, if you are taking care of your kids or the elderly, don’t leave them as untreated until it is too late.


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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.