Walking Pneumonia

Walking Pneumonia is an infection of lungs caused due to the attack of a typical bacteria like Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and viruses like respiratory syncytical virus. The infection is a type of normal pneumonia only, but the effect it causes is less severe. It causes mild inflammation in the lungs and its symptoms are quiet similar to a cold or a normal flu.

Newborns and old people are at high risk of having it, thus it is necessary to keep infected people away from them. It could be detected by some of symptoms like sore throat, fever, chill, body ache, nausea, dry cough, and sometimes vomiting. If detected earlier, the infection could be treated completely in a span of one week by giving antibiotics.  But if it is detected at later stage, then it could take a month time to recover from. The infection would not cause any severe effects on the body or health, but it’s good to treat it at early stage to avoid any unexpected condition.

Antibiotics are given to keep the infection under control and to treat it. The infection is contagious in nature, thus it is necessary to take proper treatment with complete bed rest to control its spread in the surroundings.

Antibiotics given to treat the infection are from the family of macrolide. The antibiotic given is any one from the options named, such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, fluoroquinolone, and levofloxacin.

Along with medication, complete bed rest is must for the infected person. The whole course of the infection causes weakness in the body and bed rest will help in regaining the energy and strength of the body. Intake of pain killers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen can alleviate some aches occurring during the course of infection.

Further, pain killers can be taken without any prescription from the doctor. But over-the counter medicines should be always avoided in the case of children and old people because they have less immune power.

It is recommended to avoid too many over-the-counter medications without doctor’s consultation. Sometimes reaction from these medicines makes the condition worse that require hospitalization of the patient.