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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Pneumonia

Lung infection requires early treatment

(HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia occurs when the lining of the lungs becomes inflamed because of a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. Prompt treatment is essential, and here are some signs to watch for, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Cough with mucus that is green or yellow, or coughing up blood.
  • Chest pain that worsens while coughing.
  • Difficulty breathing, including shortness of breath or very rapid breathing.
  • Fever with chills, headache, disorientation (especially in seniors), and fatigue.
  • Excessive sweating with clammy skin.
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