Double pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi. The term "double" means both lungs are infected. Though some people may only experience mild forms of pneumonia this condition can be life threatening if left untreated.
Individuals with double pneumonia may develop a number of respiratory-related symptoms, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. If you have double pneumonia, you may experience chest pain that fluctuates as you breathe—a condition called pleurisy. You may also have difficulty breathing or experience shortness of breath. Some patients with double pneumonia may experience a cough that persists for several days. Double pneumonia is a serious condition that results in the deaths of more than 60,000 people in the United States each year, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. If you experience any of these respiratory symptoms, be sure to seek medical care as soon as possible.
The Mayo Clinic notes that individuals with double pneumonia may develop a number of symptoms throughout the body. The most common symptom is an unexplained fever for several days in a row, especially if your body temperature exceeds 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Certain patients with double pneumonia may also experience chills or excessive sweating. Chills may be severe enough to induce noticeable shaking throughout the body, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Adults over 65 may only exhibit mild symptoms of double pneumonia or may have a lower than normal temperature, according to the Mayo Clinic; however, these individuals are at higher risk of developing severe infection. If you experience any of these constitutional symptoms, do not hesitate to call your primary care physical.
Individuals with double pneumonia may also exhibit a number of additional symptoms related to infection. Certain patients may experience headache or muscle ache or fatigue. Some people may develop double pneumonia following a cold or influenza-related infection. These individuals may suddenly feel worse after experiencing a cold or the flu, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. If you experience any of these additional symptoms or if you feel worse after having a cold or the flu be sure to seek medical care for further evaluation and care.