When a person is infected with the bacteria that most often cause walking pneumonia
), the symptoms can vary. These signs tend to be less severe than pneumonia
caused by other germs, hence the term "walking pneumonia." In other words, the person with this condition can still "walk around." The symptoms also tend to show up more gradually.
Some common walking pneumonia symptoms include:
- A cough (either a dry cough or a cough that produces just a small amount of clear sputum -- a color in the sputum may happen later)
- Sore throat
- General feeling of fatigue
- Low-grade fever (99° to 100.9°F or 37.3° to 38.3°C)
- Runny nose
- Ear pain.
A person with asthma
may experience more severe symptoms when infected with the walking pneumonia bacteria.
Other Symptoms Outside of the Lungs
Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections can also cause signs or symptoms outside of the lungs. Some of these include:
- A skin rash
- Tender joints and muscles
- Yellowing of the skin