Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Pneumonia is a common respiratory condition that affects children and also the single biggest cause of child deaths, claiming more young lives than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
It is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumonia and you can get an infection if your immune system is weak.
Here are some characteristic signs and symptoms of pneumonia you should know:
A productive cough is a classic sign of pneumonia and bacterial pneumonia also produces green or yellow sputum.
Fever is usually high grade in the case of children and is associated with shaking chills. Adults may have a mild fever.
If a person starts feeling chest pain and cannot breathe normally or cough properly then it is the sign of pneumonia.
With high fever and shaking chills, sweating may be seen in the case of pneumonia.
Low energy levels and fatigue
Low oxygen levels result in constant fatigue, muscle pain, headache, overall weakness and lowered energy levels