What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Dr. Ordway explains the symptoms of pneumonia. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The symptoms of pneumonia can be anywhere from mild to severe and can vary depending on the type of germ that caused the pneumonia and your general health, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Symptoms of pneumonia, according to the NIH, include:

  • Chest pain when breathing or coughing
  • Cough with phlegm that gets worse instead of better
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling suddenly worse after having a cold or the flu
  • High fever
  • Nausea
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath doing normal activities
  • Vomiting

Symptoms can be different in newborns and the elderly, by either not showing right away or seeming milder, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor right away if you are concerned you have these pneumonia symptoms and for more information about the illness.

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