Pneumonia is a very common disease that can strike any kind of individual no matter the age, sex or ethnicity. The disease can be acquired in the community (community-acquired pneumonia) and sometimes it can be caught at the hospital (nosocomial pneumonia).
Pneumonia can be bacterial, viral or even fungal in origin. Some of the usual pathogens linked with this disease are Streptococcus Pneumoniae, Haemophilus Influenzae, Moraxella Catarrhalis, Rhinovirus and Influenza to name a few.
Pneumonia is very common as far as illness goes. There are more than 3 million cases of it diagnosed every year in the US, and that number is only expected to increase. Children and adults are both just as likely to develop the illness. Let’s have a look at some of the common pneumonia symptoms.
Symptom #1: Coughing
The first and most obvious symptom of pneumonia is coughing. It can start out as a little cough that could be easily confused with a common cold or another illness, but it becomes quite serious after a while.
If pneumonia is not detected and dealt with promptly, coughing can become quite painful. The cough can start as a non-productive (also called “dry” cough) or it can be seen with sputum (secretion) that can be transparent at first but eventually becomes yellow or green. Wheezing and other respiratory symptoms are common.
The coughing can become so persistent that a person might not be able to sleep at night and may even miss work or school.