Flu and cold season is approaching again. We came across this article explaining the symptoms of Pneumonia. It’s symptoms can mimic a cold or even the flu. If you have symptoms that last longer than a 3-5 days seek the advice of your medical professional. The persistent coughing can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to break causing a subconjunctival  hemorrhage. ( A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye (conjunctiva). You may not realize you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage until you look in the mirror and find the white part of your eye is bright red). Your eyes may feel irritated and constantly tear causing blurry vision.- MDA

By Lungs, Breathing & Allergy Team 

It’s hard to fight something you can’t easily detect.

Pneumonia is treatable, but spotting the infection early is a challenge. The disease has multiple symptoms that can lead people to think their illness is nothing more than the common cold or flu.

“It’s a tough disease to diagnose,” says Marie Budev, DO, a pulmonologist and the Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s lung transplant program. “Both can have the symptoms of coughing, fever and chest pain.”

Cause for concern: symptoms beyond 3-5 days

These persistent or severe symptoms are red flags to watch for:

•    Serious congestion or chest pain
•    Difficulty breathing
•    A fever of 102 or higher
•    Coughing that produces pus

Dr. Budev urges any person experiencing chest pain or breathing complications to immediately see a doctor. Pneumonia-like symptoms in very young children or in adults older than 65 are a particular cause for concern.

It is critical to get treatment for pneumonia as soon as possible. It can cause permanent lung damage if left untreated for too long. Because it shares symptoms with the common cold and flu, people often rely on home treatment instead of seeking medical attention. But if you don’t see improvement in a few days, don’t just let it go….read more: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/01/how-to-tell-if-its-pneumonia/?

source: Health Hub, Cleveland Clinic

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