Reviewed by Dr. Christopher A Czaja, MD

Typical symptoms of pneumonia include a:

  • cough (with or without sputum),
  • chest pain,
  • rapid breathing,
  • shortness of breath,
  • fever,
  • sweating,
  • headache,
  • muscle aches,
  • fatigue and
  • weakness.


Symptoms of bacterial pneumonias often begin quickly, with a cough that is productive of green or rust colored sputum, fever (often with chills) and pain along the chest wall.  Infections caused by mycoplasma and viruses typically develop more slowly, often after a few days of flu-like symptoms.  They can create a hack or barky cough, a headache and pain under the breastbone.

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