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pneumonia symptoms in adults

October 15, 2019

Today I will be talking about how pneumonia symptoms develop in adult patients. In this video, I am not talking to my fellow health care providers but I am talking directly to you- the patient. You may be a patient concerned about symptoms or pneumonia or you may have a friend or family member who you think may have symptoms of pneumonia. This video is for you. You do not need any medical background to understand what I am going to explain. today I will not be using any medical terms. First off, let me tell you let me tell you there are no universal symptoms of pneumonia that can apply to all patients. Symptoms of pneumonia depend on the specific situation of the individual patient having pneumonia. That is why instead of listing a set of symptoms just like other medical websites do I will tell you how pneumonia symptoms develop in our body. Once you understand that, you can predict what which patient may have what kind of symptoms from pneumonia. You have to learn a little about how we breathe to understand pneumonia. When we breathe air in, it goes down from our nose into our throat down into our air pipes. The air pipes divide and take the air down into our 2 lungs. Each lung is like a bag of small air bubbles. Each bubble is connected by small pipes and these small pipes are connected to larger pipes. Eventually the lager pipes connect to the two branches of the air pipe When we take air in, all these bubbles expand. When we breathe the air out, these bubbles partially collapse. This is how air moves in and out of the lungs as we breathe. In these bubbles there are blood vessels with very thin walls. They capture the oxygen in the blood and give out carbon-dioxide. Then the blood carries oxygen to all over our body. Now you understand what lungs are how how we breathe with them it will be easier to learn about pneumonia. Pneumonia is simply an infection of the lungs. When bugs get into the lungs, they settle down deep inside these lungs. They cause irritation of the nerves in these small air tubes. They cause inflammation or swelling of the lungs and they can produce pus like gunky liquid that can fill up these delicate small air bubbles. This irritation can cause cough and pain with breathing. The swelling can cause difficulty breathing the fluid in these bubbles can prevent
blood vessels from being able to pick-up oxygen from the bubble. this can cause low levels of oxygen in the
blood. These bugs can also produce toxins that can travel into the blood and
cause fevers, chills, weakness and sometimes confusion. Having said that, do not think that all patients with
pneumonia have all of those symptoms that I just mentioned. The exact symptom in any individual patient
depends on the unique situation. if someone has a very healthy and elastic lungs their nerves are very sensitive. They may have bad cough as soon as the bug gets there and start coughing them up. The only symptoms they may have could
be cough and pain in the chest with cough. If someone has damaged and scarred lungs, their nerves may not be that
sensitive and they may not have much cough to start
with. they probably have the pneumonia spread to a larger are of the lungs even before they start having symptoms. Their symptoms may be more from
the swelling of the lungs than from the iiritation They may only have symptoms of shortness of breath. and again uh… patients with years
of smoking they may have saggu big lungs. In those cases the first symptom maybe
from low oxygen in the blood as they do not have much lung capacity or lung reserve. This way when you understand the basic mechanism of how
pneumonia causes symptoms in adults, you can put the unique symptoms of a patient
together and see if it fits the pattern. This is the correct way to learn about pneumonia symptoms in adults. If you have any questions uh… leave a comment and i will talk
about those in my future videos. Thanks for listening. Thank you


  • Reply Countess Crow June 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

    If ones lungs have hurt for three days, while having either an asthma attack or anxiety attack during the first two days, is it bronchitis, pneumonia or TB? A fever or cough has not accompanied the symptoms above. The only time the lungs have ever hurt prior was during childhood due to pneumonia and environmental asthma that is rare and basically, nonexistent for the last two years excluding the two days mentioned.Thank you in advance for your thoughts and recommendations. Great presentation!

  • Reply Charlie McTruth October 4, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I have wiruses in my Vindows compyootah

  • Reply Amber Midyette December 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Were you calling microorganisms bugs? Did you use this term to help others better understand bacteria or are they really considered insects? Also in the elderly can a symptom be confusion? What are the chances of recovory for an 86 year old man who was in good health and never smoked but has contracted hospital associated pneumonia? Thank you for posting this video. I am really worried about my grandfather and am very interested in learning more.

  • Reply ProcessedArt January 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I do have a question. If you do get pneumonia, can your body heal on its own, or is medical help always needed? Meaning, can rest and fluids work? And if so, does it vary between viral or bacterial? Thanks.

  • Reply torydanielle January 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

    How can you make sure that all of the infection is gone?

  • Reply Chris Necak February 8, 2013 at 1:23 am

    my nan has got this.its soo fukin upsetting.better safe than sorry make sure you listen carfuly

  • Reply Chris Necak February 9, 2013 at 1:42 am

    my nan has died of this R.I.P

  • Reply Themommyista February 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I have pneumonia. It's horrible. I can't breathe and my chest hurts so badly. I am very weak also.

  • Reply Themommyista February 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Actually I do have it and I've been in the hospital for a week and half. Thanks. It's not illegal to have a computer in the hospital. You're not me you don't know what I have. I still have it by the way i'm not over it. I'm getting better but I have to stay here a few more days.

  • Reply Brenda Meredith March 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for posting this video very educational

  • Reply Marie Wellekens March 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I have also pneumonia. I wish you and me all the best. Let's hope we will soon be cured ! Succes !

  • Reply Marie Wellekens March 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I wish you all the best Kevin, I have pneumonia too. I'm a little better now, I'm allready one month home. Take care !

  • Reply T ZEN April 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    my right ear is lonely

  • Reply slr RAPS April 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I had pneumonia

  • Reply Rondi McFarlane May 12, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I found out last week I have pneumonia. I don't have a fever, just a cough, really bad chest pain, a headache and I am incredibly tired. I keep trying to go out for walks, I love being outside. However even that is proving to be difficult to do. I also have asthma as well. Anyone know how long this could go on for!! I am going a wee bit nuts with this!!! Thanks Rondi

  • Reply Arlyn Castro May 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    informative doc!!!!

  • Reply 94WAIPAHUblocc May 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    5 dislike was from terrorist.evil do' good'ers. This is by far a basic, easy to understand lesson of phenomena. The rest is just traffic. Thanks

  • Reply Kallmann Choong May 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    i really like the way you explain disease, this way I don't have to memorize a long list of symptoms of particular disease 🙂 can you make more videos on COPD please?

  • Reply alex morales June 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm


  • Reply caroline-jane Hall July 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    if I come off my antibiotics
    I will get pneumonia or meningitis
    as I have no spleen

  • Reply Jonasinc1 July 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Good evening Dr. Sapkota,

    I like your approach to explaining medical maladies. I have plans to start a medical care-related business. The crux of the business is to bring a higher level of medical knowledge to consumers.

  • Reply Aishwary Jain July 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

    ,,,,please use medical terms

  • Reply The High Priestess - Connecting the realms September 3, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Would that explain the feeling of had been punched in the chest and back sensation that leaves you breathless when trying to speak? I have that at present and my temp I was 42 but today it's 39 the doctor put me on Roxar, I threw up blood

  • Reply ali alshehry September 11, 2013 at 4:01 am

    thank u so much. . can u do the same with pneomonia in children

  • Reply Ashley Hardy September 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

    So many pipes…

  • Reply Tyler H October 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I think I have pnemonia

  • Reply Jeffrey Rynearson December 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This is good, but I think it's imperative for you Doctor, to deferitiate between pneumonia and bronchitis because both look a lot alike and you don't want people freaking out when they have Bronchitis, and they think they have Pneumonia.

  • Reply Mariya P December 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

    i had pnemonia,  totally sucks, layed in bed for 2 weeks, couldn't even turn without a pain in my lungs. Fever 38-41 Celsius (99-104 farenheit)

  • Reply Marley Moopley January 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Didn't he misspell Numonia?

  • Reply zinfer1 February 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    What I don't understand is, the most important tool to expel the 'bugs' is rendered completely useless during pneumonia.  My abdominal wall is so, so painful it so hurts to even pretend to cough.

  • Reply Jo Go April 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Pneumonia destroyed me. I lost 12 lbs in two weeks, felt that my muscles melted.  This is something else.

  • Reply Karmah's Law May 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I'm pretty sure I have pneumonia.  I am running a fever of 101, I have chills, my chest really hurts to breathe and coughing makes me grasp my chest from pain.  I also have brownish green phlegm….think I'll hit the Saturday clinic today.  Unfortunately, it's an hour away….don't know if I can drive myself….I am very weak.  I thought it was just another Lupus flare…..

  • Reply Sunny Pradhan May 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Are you from Nepal?

  • Reply RichLife June 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I'm a nurse but I'm kind of retarded so I found this very helpful

  • Reply Dragon Fly 30 August 6, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I have pneumonia can you DIY from it?

  • Reply Kevin Charles August 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Way type of bugs one can have in their lungs

  • Reply Insight Curiosity. September 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Does water in the lungs the causes of pneumonia and swelling of feet?

  • Reply Kartik Juneja December 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    the accent gave me cancer

  • Reply natasha sanchez December 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I hve pneumonia and im loosing wieght since i hve it i always coughing low breath cant walk in stairs….what i do i need your opinion plsss…

  • Reply Prakash Jaishy March 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    cold water and vodhka  is the best medicine for pnemonia u r thinking i m crazy yes i become frestrate  with medical medicine   and i choose this two thing u dont believe me its working ,, now i m fit and healthy

  • Reply Kipeto August 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I had problem for about 4 months.i would smoke weed and not feel anything i had problem breathing i think it was caused by the mushroom in my apartment.however after 4 months i started using a high dose of vitamin C i did it for like 3 weeks and for real inwas healed Dr had given me some antibiotics to use wich i never used even once.i thought ill try vitamic C therapy if it doesnt help after a month ill take antibiotics.but vitamic C healed me.

  • Reply Rose Ann Misa October 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    thank you …doc. ..but how pneaumonia spread doc??? i mean is pneaumonia is transmitted in air ? or what?

  • Reply Desireé Driver December 3, 2015 at 2:21 am

    My left ear is lonely. And I have pneumonia I'm in the hospital rn?

  • Reply Tania Tovar December 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you Doctor for explaining. I have pneumonia and it hurts my chest when I cough

  • Reply Charles Terrizzi January 26, 2016 at 2:52 am

    pneumonia just about killed me this year. Had belly pain, fevers, chills. Never knew it was lungs until Cat scan revealed.

    Doc, don't quit your day job, you will never be a tv personality…lol…but God hasn't called you there anyway.

  • Reply BreeezyBee5 March 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    can you have the infection without a cough , but tight chest and shortness of breath , cause I started having breathing issues and a sore chest a few months ago , they said it might be an infection? x

  • Reply Link March 29, 2016 at 1:52 am

    So phlegms don't mean pneumonia?

  • Reply DeathBoy March 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    im haved pneumonie under 5 years

  • Reply admins rose robertson April 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    my mum as a Chest infection with breathing difficulties

  • Reply cuda861 June 9, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I have had pneumonia going on almost two weeks. I went to the hospital, got put on antibiotics and finished them a few days ago. I seem to have a low fever (99 to about 100.5) for the last few days. Went back to my doc yesterday and he gave me more antibiotics to start again. But still, I have this small fever that won't go away. I'm so tired of it, it's killing me. I feel way better this week than last but why in the hell do I have this small fever?

  • Reply Sergio Rivera June 26, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    i was recently released from the hospital due to pneumonia. also, a year ago i was in another hospital for the same symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, and fever. i had a full check up and turns out i had acid reflux, which I've been suffering from it all my life. now, i just found out from my most recent visit that i have exceptionally small lungs. my right one is the length of about 3.5 ribs, and the left is abouy 5 ribs. Is this normal? i mean, I've been to 2 other hospitals and they never mentioned it. I'm wondering if this has something to do with a constant cough I've been having for year's? I don't smoke or don't drink. it become really uncomfortable being around people. Wondering if because of the size of lungs i have, is this something that i just have to live with, always getting pneumonia, coughing, shortness of breath?

  • Reply Felix T-Rex July 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

    is it OK to smoke while you have pneumonia?

  • Reply wesley brooks September 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hillary Clinton

  • Reply Inge Humphries October 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Wait..let me go get my pillow and blanket

  • Reply Janine Richards December 6, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I have had Pneumonia over 2 years ago just by getting the milk out the fridge hurting back ribs, right lung started not been able to breathe properly coughing blood, Now ive got it again just by hurting my left front ribs, once the fluid goes away do you always have scar tissue in the lungs ?? My right lung as scar tissue, so would that happened again with my left lung now aswell ???

  • Reply Mariam Aslam December 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm


  • Reply Sandesh KC December 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    khatra uncle ……..

  • Reply Gaurav Karki December 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

    May i have to soiling underd the chest and not sleeping to one side and now days chest pain and sone of cough

  • Reply manu dhami December 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

    can you have the infection without a cough , but tight chest and shortness of breath , cause I started having breathing issues and a sore chest a few months ago , they said it might be an infection?and dry cough or soilling of right side under the chest and iam not lying or sleeping to onside fulfill the waer so as me feeling what about the cause pnuemonia or other disease ?

  • Reply Debra Zz February 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I'll be dead before he finishes

  • Reply Tahmina Sultana March 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

    oh OK!

  • Reply Tahmina Sultana March 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

    doctor I guess I have pneumonia because I have confusion but no chest pain

  • Reply kailas Academy March 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    hi sir,
    my mom is suffering from pneumonia with jaundice belurabin 12 and past 13 yr she is having asthma in such circumstances what preventive measures are required and what are the circumstances can be happen.
    Saikat Mukherjee

  • Reply Aishu Dimple March 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    oh god!!!!!!! so slow…I slept off listening to this video ???

  • Reply Yuan Angelo March 31, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Doc i have pneumonia i split my pleghm with a red liquid. Its that a blood doc?

  • Reply Barbara Mowrey April 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    How do you diagnose pneumonia?

  • Reply Yadira Chavarria July 7, 2017 at 1:08 am

    can you die if you have it way too high

  • Reply juice sly August 5, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Thank you for such an easy explanation, I have it now and my chest hurts and my body aches…I didn't think I had pneumonia I thought it was bronchitis…can u get pneumonia from smoking e cigarettes..I haven't smoked a real cig in 18 years, but I have been smoking an ecig for maybe 4 years…

  • Reply Filip laskovski August 25, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Wanna hear a joke

    Evolution ?

  • Reply welcome to reality November 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

    can mold in a house cause pneumonia?

  • Reply PallaB SruTikaR November 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    i fell my lower left lung is heavy when I'm seating and sleeping..shortage of breath..and feeling somebody is squzzing my lower left lungs…I think this is walking pneumonia…I'm just guessing…I'm taking antibiotics for now three days..aT first I cough with little blood with it…plz advice me to get better..thank you

  • Reply gordon Ferguson November 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Why do I have to go back to work after 3 weeks. Plus there's a lot of dust in my work place. I've to go for chest xray and scans again in 6-8. Weeks 8-10yrs weeks

  • Reply jaylynn isthename December 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I've had pneumonia two times before, and I'm only 13,I clicked this because I think I have it again

  • Reply Johnathan Crossan January 12, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Play at 1.25x trust me. It might save your life.

  • Reply Savage x January 18, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Can seee pneumonia on x rays ????

  • Reply Dave Jones January 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

    What's the cures? I have a painful chest and also pains now and agin on my back near right shoulder blade? I get out of breath too and feel like i'm going to pass out. I've been resting in bed for 3 weeks and it's still with me.

  • Reply SUBASH SHARMA February 17, 2018 at 5:14 am

    कति लामो बोलेको है दाई

  • Reply Bhupendra Baduwal February 26, 2018 at 4:09 am

    why its pain on upper part of right chest?is it symptoms of nemonia sir

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  • Reply Anurag Choudhary March 30, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Is a person who has undergone pnemonia treatment(For 15 days ) still considered contagious …..

  • Reply Lee April 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Jesus Christ, I know how to breathe, just tell me what the symptoms are!!

  • Reply John Jeremias May 7, 2018 at 1:34 am

    thank you, very clear. i learned plenty. will watch your other videos.

  • Reply George williams May 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Get on with it, doc. Jesus Christ!

  • Reply William Fairfax Mason Prescott III June 7, 2018 at 9:25 am

    thanks Doc

  • Reply made in !ndiA June 9, 2018 at 7:08 am

    my brother had all the symptoms u mentioned but he never smoked

  • Reply anony mous August 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Can you get pneumonia from tonsillitis? I had really nasty tonsillitis that only lasted a day and a half then I felt fine just tired.the tiredness has been getting worse over the last week and I've been coughing up a very small amount of yellow mucus for a few days now, I'm hardly coughing though and no runny nose.however my mum has pneumonia after having a sore throat and no runny nose ect so now I wonder.I had antibiotics from the dr but she said only take them if you're not getting better after 3 days so I didn't-should I take them?

  • Reply Arpit Dhuriya August 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Doctor, I am a computer science student i am working on pneumonia detection using xrays images. Can you guide me what are the biological things needs to know.
    does any other things related to the imaged test is there to detect.
    Please feel free to contact me. It will be very help full for all.

  • Reply Singh Mulayam September 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    please write medicine after explanation.

  • Reply Angela Spicer October 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I get pneumonia a lot

  • Reply Brave Eater November 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Hello sir, I am student of Medical lab technology.. Please make a video on Mlt

  • Reply Melissa Reeves November 21, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Why in the world is he talking in slow motion get to the point already

  • Reply D C December 1, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Thanks ! That was an excellent video and well explained !

  • Reply blissfulbaboon December 24, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Geez,get to it doc!

  • Reply blissfulbaboon December 24, 2018 at 5:41 am

    They have no answers.

  • Reply Sandeep Sharma January 3, 2019 at 6:35 am

    If cough not coming out what can we do

  • Reply евгений ицкович June 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Novo recurso – "remédio"  no seu telefone!

    Instruções para uso de vídeo na descrição abaixo!

    Até completamente grátis!
    Ajuda contra muitas doenças resistentes a antibióticos.
    Como bônus, é também o anestésico mais forte!

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