Symptoms of pneumonia

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The most typical symptoms of pneumonia are:

Cough with expectoration or sputum

Cough with a yellowish/greenish mucous-like or pus-like phlegm.

Thermometer with a danger signal indicating fever

Fever or chills.

Person holding hands to neck, sweating, pale, unable to breathe, feeling short of breath, choking or breathlessness

Difficulty breathing.

Person standing with chest pain

Chest pain (increases with breathing movements).

Tired woman, sweating

General malaise and loss of appetite.

Person with sweat, nausea and vomiting next to a toilet

Patients sometimes suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Pneumonia can manifest without any cough or fever, particularly in elderly patients. Nevertheless, the clinical presentation varies considerably between patients. The above symptoms are not always evident in the elderly who can present nonspecific symptoms such as a lack of appetite, a decreased level of consciousness, the onset of urinary incontinence or rapid breathing (tachypnoea). Generally speaking the symptoms may appear either gradually, over two or three days, or very quickly, within a few hours.

Substantiated information by:

Antoni Torres Martí
Juan Roselló Sáncho

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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