What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Symptoms of pneumonia are caused by germs getting into the lungs and causing an infection, and include the following:

  • coughing
  • making lots of mucus
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • fever
  • chills
  • feeling very tired
  • loss of appetite
Dr. Brian D. Gelbman, MD
Pulmonary Disease Specialist

The symptoms of pneumonia are similar to bronchitis, including cough (with or without sputum), fever, shortness of breath and chest pain; an x-ray can tell the difference. Watch pulmonologist Brian Gelbman, MD, discuss the symptoms of pneumonia.

Pneumonia symptoms typically include:

  • High fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Chest pain with each breath
  • Continuous hacking cough that produces thick, yellow-greenish-colored sputum, or sputum with blood in it
  • Extreme weakness and fatigue

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