Walking Pneumonia Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Do you know walking pneumonia is a milder form of pneumonia. With rest and the right medication you can easily recuperate from this illness. Read on to learn about the symptoms and treatment for walking pneumonia.
| Thursday, October 23, 2008
The mere mention of pneumonia can cause many people to worry since this can be a serious medical problem requiring extensive medical help and long period for recuperation and recovery. Walking pneumonia which is another form of pneumonia can therefore cause a lot of concern among people. However walking pneumonia which is also called atypical pneumonia is a mild form of pneumonia. This is an infection of the lung that is also called as mycoplasma pneumonia since it is caused because of an organism called mycoplasma pnuemoniae. Unlike the usual pneumonia this form (walking pneumonia) will not require extensive hospital treatment and confinement to bed for long periods even if it is left untreated.

Walking pneumonia usually starts off in a gradual manner and takes around 1 to 3 weeks before the proper onset. Initially cold like symptoms can be seen but with time the difference between the symptoms exhibited in walking pneumonia and other common cold problems can be clearly seen. Walking pneumonia is contagious if the contact with a person suffering from walking pneumonia is for extended periods of time. It is transmitted through the air and so a person suffering from walking pneumonia can transfer this on coughing, sneezing and even laughing. People of all ages can suffer from this problem but it is rarely seen in children less than 5 years. As many as 2 million people in the US are affected by this illness every year.

Symptoms of Walking Pneumonia

The symptoms of walking pneumonia usually involve severe amount of cough, abdominal pain, fever, chills and headaches. The other symptoms of walking pneumonia include:
  •  Headache
  • Sore throat, running nose and other flu like symptoms
  • Chills and excessive sweating
  • Dry cough and Chest pain. Chest pain could be because of the accumulation of fluid in the lungs particularly when the person lies down. The cough may become worse at night
  • Headache and fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Skin rash and other lesions on the skin
  • Lumps in the neck, pain and soreness in the eyes and ear pain
  • Muscle aches and stiffness in joints along with general fatigue
Treatment for Walking Pneumonia

Walking pneumonia often displays symptoms of both viral and bacterial pneumonia. Since walking or mycoplasma pneumonia is usually quite mild it does not require elaborate hospitalization.  Even though walking pneumonia is not a serious medical condition it is best not to take it too lightly. With a lot of rest and a healthy diet along with medication you can take care of the problem quite easily. It is best to avoid taking far too many self prescribed antibiotics since people tend to do that when the symptoms appear flu like. Instead it is best to take medication prescribed by the doctor. In case the individual has fever he/she can use a damp rag and place it on the forehead or then a bath can also help. Since the cough may get worse while lying down the person can instead prop himself up with a pillow. This will also aid in draining of the fluid that often builds up in the lungs. Also avoid eating excessively oily food during the period of recuperation. The medication ordinarily prescribed for condition of walking pneumonia include clarithromycin, erythromycin and others such as tetracyclines.
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