May also be called: Walking Pneumonia; Atypical Pneumonia
Mycoplasma pneumonia (also called walking pneumonia or atypical pneumonia) is a mild lung infection caused by a bacteria called mycoplasma.
Mycoplasma pneumonia is a less serious form of the lung infection pneumonia, and causes cold-like symptoms in addition to a low-grade fever and a hacking cough. It spreads through contact with an infected person and can last 3-4 weeks.
Mycoplasma pneumonia usually develops gradually and is treated with antibiotics. Many people who have it feel well enough to participate in everyday activities.
Mycoplasma pneumonia is common in school-age and older kids. Occasionally it occurs in those younger than 5. Symptoms might include a bothersome and long-lasting cough (this is most common), fatigue, sore throat, hoarseness, low-grade fever, headache, loss of appetite, chest pain, and, less commonly, a bumpy red skin rash.
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