Atypical Pneumonia

Atypical pneumonia is an infection affecting the lower respiratory tract. The types of bacteria that cause it tend to create less severe symptoms than those in typical pneumonia. If the atypical pneumonia is caused by the bacteria Mycoplasma, then it is common to have ear and sinus infections, as well. Symptoms of atypical pneumonia tend to be milder and more persistent than those of typical pneumonia, which appear suddenly, and cause a more serious illness.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If a tissue isn't available, sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow or sleeve. Never sneeze or cough into your hands.
  • Symptoms
  • Cough with mucus or without mucus

    • Dry, Dry at first then production of clear/white mucus, Dry at first then production of yellowish-gray mucus, Production of clear-white mucus, Dry at first then production of green mucus

    • An irritating cough that doesn't go away

    • Lasting 3 weeks or less



    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)



    • Rapidly developing


    Muscle pain



    Abnormally rapid breathing

    Rapid heart rate

    Feel like vomiting

    or Throwing up

    or Diarrhea

    Bluish discoloration of the skin

    • Lips

  • Risk factors
  • Recent upper respiratory tract infection

  • Treatment
  • People with atypical pneumonia are treated with a course of antibiotics for 2 weeks or more, although some mild cases are not treated. Atypical pneumonia may not respond to the antibiotics commonly used to treat other kinds of community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Pneumonia, then a visit to a general internist is highly recommended.

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