Fever, chest pain, fatigue and heavy breathing are just some of the symptoms that people feel when they catch a virus or a cold. But these symptoms can be a sign of pneumonia and therefore you should be very careful. In particular, if these symptoms last longer than the symptoms when it comes to the flu, you should visit a doctor.
Without medical examination the diagnosis of pneumonia cannot be established because the symptoms such as fever and cough are common for colds or flu. So, it is extremely important for you to make an appointment with your doctor.
What is pneumonia?
There are two types of pneumonia: viral and bacterial. If you have viral pneumonia, it can pass without any real symptoms, and we will not even notice that we are suffering from it. But the bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. If the first antibiotic therapy does not appear good enough, a treatment with other antibiotics is given. In some cases, treatment with two different antibiotics at same time is given. If t is developed as a complication of the flu, the viral pneumonia can be very tricky. In this case, this disease can be life threatening. However, such pneumonia develops rare and at-risk groups such as people with weakened immune systems, the chronically ill people and the elderly.
In any case, it is very important for you to monitor your symptoms and if you notice any deterioration, then consult a doctor. If you have only mild symptoms of colds, it is better for you to stay home, drink some tea and rest rather than going to the doctor at the hospital.
After a virus infection, if you have a sore throat, you will feel a stinging and burning in the throat and it will lasts two or three days. Then the leaking from the nose is starting and comes to coughing.
In case of flu, the things are little bit different. It can start very suddenly. You can feel like nothing is happening, but by the end of the evening you will feel very sick. It can be followed by fatigue, fever, pain in muscles and joints and red watery eyes.