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Walking Pneumonia

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  • Walking Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that stems from a bacterial infection (Mycoplasma Pneumonia), mostly affecting people under the age of 40.  The patient may have symptoms lasting from days to weeks.  Once a diagnosis is made, proper treatment is with antibiotics.  It is called "walking Pneumonia" because people do not appear to be very sick, even though they have Pneumonia.

  • Usually begin with vague symptoms such as feeling tired or weak, headaches, sore throat, or diarrhea.
  • Eventually, most develop a dry cough.  They can, also, develop fever, chills, earaches, chest pain, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and muscle or joint pains.  A few patients may feel short of breath.
  • People do not appear as sick as those suffering from other types of Pneumonias do.

  • Walking Pneumonia is due to a Mycoplasma bacterial infection of the lungs.

  • A Diagnosis is made by detecting bacteria on microscopic examination of the sputum by a chest X-Ray or by blood test (Mycoplasma complement fixations, and cold agglutinins).

  • Erythromycin is the antibiotic most often used.  Other antibiotics that can also be used include Doxycycline, Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, or Ciprofloxacin.

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