10 Symptoms of a Lung Infection

10 Symptoms of a Lung Infection

Sunday, Apr 5, 2020 1 comment(s)

Lung Infection

1. Cough that produces thick mucus

Coughing helps to rid your body of the mucus produced from inflammation of the airways and lungs. This mucus may also contain blood.

With bronchitis or pneumonia, you may have a cough that produces thick mucus that may have a distinct color, including:

  • clear
  • white
  • green
  • yellowish-grey

A cough can linger for several weeks even after other symptoms have improved.

2. Stabbing chest pains

Chest pain caused by a lung infection is often described as sharp or stabbing. The chest pain tends to worsen while coughing or breathing deeply. Sometimes the sharp pains can be felt in your mid to upper back.

3. Fever

fever occurs as your body tries to fight off the infection. Normal body temperature is typically around 98.6°F (37°C).

If you have a bacterial lung infection, your fever may rise as high as a dangerous 105°F (40.5°C).

Any high fever above 102°F (38.9°C) often results in many other symptoms, such as:

  • sweating
  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • dehydration
  • headache
  • weakness

You should see a doctor if your fever goes above 102°F (38.9°C) or if it lasts more than three days.

4. Body aches

Your muscles and back may ache when you have a lung infection. This is called myalgia. Sometimes you can develop inflammation in your muscles which can also lead to body aches when you have an infection.

5. Runny nose

A runny nose and other flu-like symptoms, such as sneezing, often accompany a lung infection like bronchitis.

6. Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath means that you feel like breathing is difficult or that you can’t breathe in completely. You should see a doctor right away if you’re having trouble breathing.

7. Fatigue

You’ll usually feel sluggish and tired as your body fights off an infection. Rest is crucial during this time.

8. Wheezing

When you exhale, you might hear a high-pitched whistling sound known as wheezing. This is the result narrowed airways or inflammation.

9. Bluish appearance of the skin or lips

Your lips or nails may start to appear slightly blue in color due to lack of oxygen.

10. Crackling or rattling sounds in the lungs

One of the telltale signs of a lung infection is a crackling sound in the base of the lungs, also known as bibasilar crackles. A doctor can hear these sounds using a tool called a stethoscope.

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