Walking pneumonia is the common non-medical name for atypical pneumonia. It comes from the fact that usually, atypical pneumonia symptoms are milder and therefore, patients are able to carry on with their day to day tasks. The atypical component also makes reference to the different kind of pathogens known to cause this disease.
Even though, symptoms are milder, and often can be confused with other pathologies, you shouldn’t treat this disease lightly.
The following symptoms will help you recognize this disease and if you think you might have walking pneumonia, you should seek medical attention for further evaluation and diagnosis.
Symptom #1: Sore Throat
One of the basic symptoms that generally accompanies patients suffering from walking pneumonia is a sore throat. Sore throats, which are characteristic of many respiratory infections as well as common colds and flus, can be irritating, painful and itchy.
Sore throats rarely appear on their own. They are generally accompanied by a host of other symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. These accompanying symptoms are often similar to those displayed by people suffering from other respiratory illnesses. This can make it hard to diagnose someone with walking pneumonia.