Walking pneumonia symptoms are simply characteristic pneumonia symptoms which are of limited severity and allow the individual to continue to function and not be confined to a bed. Commonly this condition is caused by a particular microorganism, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, although weak viral infections may also result in walking pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a generalized term which refers to an infection of the lungs and surrounding tissues. This infection may be caused by one of any number of microorganisms (virus, bacterium, or fungus).
Milder cases may allow the individual to continue normal daily activities without requiring hospitalization or bed rest.
Often pneumonia is a secondary condition in individuals with other diseases (versus a normally healthy person) and/or undergoing different therapies or drug treatments.
Walking pneumonia symptoms:
- cough with sputum
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
Diagnosis is typically through physical examination of chest/breathing sounds. A chest x-ray is routinely used to confirm diagnosis as well as laboratory examination of blood and sputum samples.
Treatment is typically with antibiotics in the case of bacterial pneumonias. Viral pneumonias may also be administered antibiotics if it is believed a bacterial infection could also develop.
Prevention is possible for some types of pneumonia with available vaccines.