Walking pneumonia; Chlamydophila pneumoniae; Community-acquired pneumonia - atypical
Pneumonia due to mycoplasma and chlamydophila bacteria is usually mild.
- Pneumonia due to Legionella pneumophila gets worse during the first 4 - 6 days, and then improves over 4 - 5 days.
- Even though symptoms will improve, it may take a while for them to go away completely.
The most common symptoms of pneumonia are:
- Cough (with Legionella pneumonia, you may cough up bloody mucus)
- Fever, which may be mild or high
- Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs)
Other symptoms include:
- Chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough
- Confusion, especially in older people or those with Legionella pneumonia
- Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue
- Muscle aches and joint stiffness
- Sweating and clammy skin
Less common symptoms include:
- Diarrhea (especially with Legionella pneumonia)
- Ear pain (with mycoplasma pneumonia)
- Eye pain or soreness (with mycoplasma pneumonia)
- Neck lump (with mycoplasma pneumonia)
- Rash (with mycoplasma pneumonia)
- Sore throat (with mycoplasma pneumonia)
Signs and tests
Persons with suspected pneumonia should have a complete medical evaluation. It may be hard for your health care provider to tell whether you have pneumonia or bronchitis, so you may need a
Complete blood count(CBC)
- Blood cultures
- Blood tests to identify the bacteria
Bronchoscopy(rarely needed) CT scan of the chest Open lung biopsy(only done in very serious illnesses when the diagnosis cannot be made from other sources) Sputum culture
Urine tests or a throat swab may also be done.