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The main symptoms of pneumonia are fever, symptoms of dryness and difficulty in breathing, which may manifest after 3 weeks after an infection by bacteria, fungi or the virus as the cause of COVID-19.

The main signs and symptoms that can indicate pneumonia are:

  1. Persistent coughing with pus;
  2. Difficulty breathing;
  3. Fever;
  4. Loss of appetite;
  5. Pain in the pecho;
  6. Tos with blood;
  7. Headache;
  8. Belly pain;
  9. Palpitations;
  10. Decreased oxygen saturation.

These symptoms can appear abruptly and become more complicated in case the treatment is not received, including small children, older adults and people with the immune system compromised for the principals affected.



Because the first symptoms of pneumonia are very similar to those of other respiratory infections, it is important to consult a general practitioner or a neurologist to carry out tests such as phlegm analysis and radiographs to confirm the infection and guide the appropriate treatment to avoid complications.

In older adults, the symptoms may be non-specific and there may be intestinal discomfort, as well as an alteration in the state of consciousness, which can make the diagnosis of pneumonia difficult.

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How to confirm the diagnosis

The doctor can confirm the manifestation of accelerated heart rate, decreased oxygenation, increased breathing and abnormal breathing noises, which also help guide the diagnosis of pneumonia.



However, imaging tests such as a chest X-ray or a laboratory analysis of the phlegm may be necessary to identify whether the infection is being caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus. In this way, it is possible to quickly start the treatment for the pneumonia, preventing the patient from getting worse. Find out more about how the treatment for pneumonia is carried out.

Who has mayor risk

A pneumonia is a pulmonary infection that can arise in any person, however, there are some factors that can increase the risk, such as:

  • Being a smoker;
  • Having an obstructive pulmonary disease, such as emphysema or bronchitis;
  • Staying in the hospital for a long time;
  • Having an autoimmune disease, like AIDS.

In addition to this, the elderly and the children are a group that presents a greater risk of developing any type of infection, including a pneumonia, since their immune system is weaker or less developed, allowing the multiplication of microorganisms that affect the functioning of the lung. See what to do to prevent pneumonia.

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