Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Atypical Pneumonia Overview

Another name for Atypical Pneumonia is Mycoplasma Infection.

What is a mycoplasma infection?
A person with a mycoplasma infection has pneumonia, caused by an infection with mycoplasma bacteria. Mycoplasma pneumonia usually causes less severe symptoms than other types of bacterial pneumonia, which is why it is called "walking pneumonia."

What are the symptoms of a mycoplasma infection?
Symptoms of mycoplasma infection include cough, fever, chest pain, chills, diarrhea, headache, weakness, fatigue, and sore throat. Less common symptoms include ear pain, rash, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat a mycoplasma infection?
Treatment for a mycoplasma infection includes rest, antibiotics, bronchodilator medications, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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