When it’s that time of year, coughing and sneezing seems commonplace. This makes it a bit difficult to know when you have something mild that will pass on its own in a few days, or something more serious (like pneumonia) that needs medical attention. Coughing on its own doesn’t signal a serious problem, but if you experience it in addition to other symptoms, or your cough persists for a long time, you should visit a doctor. Here are some signs of pneumonia that you do not want to overlook.
Number Six: Trouble Breathing or Shortness of Breath
A cough is one thing, a runny nose is another, but if you find yourself having trouble breathing, this could signal a deeper problem. If you notice that you’re experiencing shortness of breath for no apparent reason, it’s time to consult your doctor. You could have pneumonia.
Number Five: Pain in the Chest While Breathing Deeply
During cold season, breathing isn’t the simplest of tasks. If you notice, however, that you feel pain deep in your chest while taking large breaths, it could be a warning sign that pneumonia is approaching. Don’t write off this symptom, get it checked out just to be safe!
Number Four: Chest Pain While Coughing
If you have painful sensations in your chest while you’re coughing, don’t ignore it. The common cold typically doesn’t come with a symptom like this, and it’s likely a bit more serious than that. Visiting your doctor can ensure that you get the medications and advice you need to be on your way to health.
Number Three: Nausea and or Vomiting
Nausea or vomiting can mean a simple flu that will pass in a few days. If you are experiencing these symptoms in combination with other items on this list, however, it could be a sign that you have pneumonia. Don’t take it lightly!
Number Two: Aches in the Muscles
Achey muscles in addition to a painful cough and nausea is not a good sign. Consult a healthcare professional.
Number One: Extreme Fatigue Could Signal Pneumonia
If you’re feeling exhausted for no apparent reason, while experiencing other symptoms on the list, you should take a trip to the clinic. Thanks for reading.