Did You Know?A milder form of pneumonia, walking pneumonia or atypical pneumonia recovery is even possible without medication, in which case it can take up to 4 weeks for recovery. Post diagnosis medication, however, helps to shorten this recovery period to as little as two weeks.
Walking pneumonia is usually caused by the bacterial organisms Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae. Medically known as atypical pneumonia - as its symptoms differ from pneumonia caused by common bacteria - it is a mild infection of the lungs, which if left untreated, can progress to a severe form of pneumonia. The name walking pneumonia comes from the fact that the condition is not severe enough to require either total bed rest, or hospitalization. The affected individual can move about, or 'walk' and is able to perform daily tasks. In fact, at times, the person may not even realize that he is suffering from atypical pneumonia.
Due to the similarity in the name, many people consider both to be the same disease. However, pneumonia is much more severe, and causes inflation of the alveoli. In most cases, patients suffering from pneumonia need to be hospitalized, and recovery takes about a minimum of 4 weeks. Walking pneumonia, on the other hand, is a milder infection, to the point of not showing any symptoms in its early stages. Patients suffering from walking pneumonia face a shorter recovery time (2 weeks), though a complete cure can take as long as 4 weeks as well. Intensive medication is not necessary in case of walking pneumonia, and thus patients are able to carry on with their day-to-day activities. However, proper and timely medication is a must for a quick recovery.
As mentioned earlier, it is quite possible for a person infected with walking pneumonia to show no symptoms at all in the early stages. However, within 15 to 20 days of the infection, the following symptoms start to manifest.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, particularly weakness and lack of energy, it is advisable to get yourself checked by a doctor, who will be in a better position to detect any infection. With proper medication, the infection takes anywhere between 1-3 weeks to cure. Symptoms will noticeably worsen for the first week, but improve dramatically in the second week. However, even after the symptoms improve, the patient may still feel weak, exhausted, and lethargic, and it can take a while before these go away completely.
Home remedies and OTC medication are common self-care measures for atypical pneumonia patients. However, one should be extremely careful when it comes to self-medication. Cleanliness and proper hygiene are important, both to avoid infection, and while infected. Though recovery from walking pneumonia seems to be easy, it is essential to monitor the symptoms and consult a doctor, if required.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.