What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Lung Infection?

Q:
What are the symptoms of bacterial lung infection?

A:
Bacterial lung infection may involve just one small section of your lung, or it may encompass your entire lung. Such infection can make it difficult for your body to get enough oxygen to your blood, which can cause cells to not work properly.

The most common symptoms of bacterial pneumonia are:

  • a cough with thick yellow, green, or blood-tinged mucus
  • fever of 102-105°F or above (fever lower than 102°F in older persons)
  • stabbing chest pain that worsens when coughing or breathing
  • sudden onset of chills severe enough to make you shake

Other symptoms that may follow include:

  • breathlessness or rapid breathing
  • confusion, especially among older persons
  • headache
  • lethargy or severe fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • moist, pale skin
  • muscle pain
  • sweating

Older adults will share all the symptoms with younger adults, but are much more likely to experience confusion and dizziness. Older adults may also be less likely to have a fever.

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