Walking Pneumonia Symptoms
Walking pneumonia is a bacterial infection caused commonly by the bacteria known as the mycoplasm pneumoniae. This however can also be caused due to a virus, fungi or any other parasite. Walking pneumonia is called so as the infected person can walk around without being hospitalized as the symptoms are very mild.
In most cases of walking pneumonia the affected individual is unaware of suffering from the condition. Some cases of walking pneumonia are self limiting. The infected person can be free from the infection without any treatment in about 4-5 weeks.
The walking pneumonia symptoms are similar to those seen in individuals who suffer from the other forms of pneumonia.
In the early stages of walking pneumonia, symptoms are similar to cold and flu. These symptoms may be confused with normal flu. The initial symptoms are similar both in adults and children.
Some of the walking pneumonia symptoms are as follows:
- development of rash
- pain in the abdominal area
- muscle ache
- the affected person may also suffer from fatigue and lethargy
- in most cases there is a lump which develops in the neck area
- typical enlargement of the lymph glands in the body is seen
- the infected person may show symptoms such as nausea and vomiting and varying discomfort
- when walking pneumonia occurs in children they show typical symptoms of a decrease in the general appetite along with some amount of irritation due to discomfort
- breathing problems develop gradually as the condition progresses
- labored breathing is typically seen along with other breathing problems such as rapid breathing which may be accompanied with chest pain
- stiffness in the joints of the body develops which is accompanied with pain
- the infected person typically suffers from chills, body ache, sore throat and a running nose
- people suffering from pneumonia also complain of developing dry cough which generally worsens with time as the condition progresses
- nasal congestion is felt
- when walking pneumonia affects children they may suffer from indigestion and diarrhea
- sometime rarely eye and sinus infections occur due to walking pneumonia
- the symptoms of dry cough may be accompanied by phlegm
The time from when the person gets infected till the symptoms appear is known as the incubation period. This incubation period for walking pneumonia is about 1-3 weeks. The incubation period will vary according to the causative organism, the immunity of the affected individual along with other factors.
- One of the differentiating factors between symptoms of walking pneumonia and common cold is that the severity of the cold goes on increasing as the organism starts affecting the lungs. The condition also persists for a longer duration of time.
- The individuals affected from walking pneumonia also complain of constant irritation in the throat which may be due to the development of rash in the throat region.
This condition in most cases improves on its own with time. However there is always a chance of the condition getting worse and the symptoms getting severe. So if any of the above symptoms of walking pneumonia are experienced the doctor should be consulted and the treatment of it should begin at the earliest.