Lung illness can impact anyone at any time, the flu, pneumonia and covid19 are all contagious respiratory illnesses which can be life-threatening if left untreated, all three illnesses might require medical attention but milder cases can be treated at home, do you know the common symptoms and when to seek help? Are you experiencing fever, cough, fatigue and weakness, these three symptoms are all common with the flu pneumonia and covid19, Do you also have a shortness of breath chest pain or difficulty breathing, these are common symptoms of covid19 and pneumonia, these may even be present with the most severe cases of the flu especially in people with other health conditions, there are other symptoms that are common with just one or two of the illnesses. Let’s talk about the flu, flu symptoms will come on quickly in addition to fever, cough and fatigue and weakness, the flu will often cause chills along with muscle and body aches and pains, you may also experience a runny nose and watery eyes, sore throat and loss of appetite similar to a cold. Let’s talk about pneumonia, pneumonia will often present with phlegm and mucus when coughing in addition to shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, cough and fatigue.
Let’s talk about covid 19, covid19 is something we are still learning about, what we know is that in addition to the common symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain and fatigue, some people may also experience muscle and body aches, loss of taste and smell, headache, stomachache, diarrhea or vomiting, sore throat and chills in severe and rare cases, people may experience pink eye, rash or discoloration of fingers. Some severe cases of the disease may require medical attention but most cases of the disease can be treated at home, if you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help right away, fast breathing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, difficulty finishing a sentence or winded when speaking, blue or gray skin color, pain or pressure in chest or stomach, sudden dizziness, blue or gray lips, confusion, dehydration, not peeing, crankiness, seizures. Symptoms improve but then come back such as a worsening cough or fever.