Go, Vols! Chances are that your fall plans call for football games and bonfires—not walking pneumonia.

Unfortunately, though, even with our best-laid plans, sometimes illness happens. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants to share some info about walking pneumonia, including the symptoms to watch for.

What Is Walking Pneumonia?

The good news is that walking pneumonia is a milder form of pneumonia. The bad news is that it is still a form of pneumonia.

Fortunately, there are treatment methods to help you find relief from walking pneumonia. Seek medical attention promptly if you develop any of these symptoms:

Symptoms of Walking Pneumonia

  • Chest pain, especially when coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Persistent, dry cough that often gets worse at night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness

How Long Does Walking Pneumonia Last?

Because it can take a week or two to even realize you might be experiencing the symptoms of walking pneumonia and not a common cold, it can feel as though you have been suffering for weeks.

Fortunately, though, walking pneumonia is usually cleared up within a week or two.

Treatment for Walking Pneumonia

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Take over-the-counter medications for fever and pain.

Do you feel you might be starting to experience the signs of walking pneumonia? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today to undergo a medical evaluation.