Symptoms of a Lung Infection:
1) You feel very tired.
Your body feels weak and fatigued. You are not able to do much physical activity at all. Sometimes you even get dizzy or faint from fatigue.
This feeling lasts for several days after the initial symptom appears. If you have any other symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing then these may also occur with this condition too.
2) You notice that your breath smells bad.
This smell is unpleasant and makes you want to vomit. It also causes you to cough up blood when it comes into contact with your lungs. This condition is called phlegm phobia (or phlegm sickness).
The cause of this condition is unknown but there are some theories which suggest that it could be due to a viral infection or even tuberculosis. However, there is no definite proof that either one of them is the reason behind this condition.
3) You experience severe headaches.
These headaches can last for hours and sometimes even days after they appear. They are usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting. There are many different reasons why someone might suffer from this type of headache.
Some people may have a genetic predisposition towards having migraines or it could be caused by stress or anxiety related issues. It could also be a result of physical conditions such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, arteritis or meningitis.
4) You experience severe pain in the back.
The pain can last between several hours and up to several days. This condition is referred to as pleurisy (or pleuritis). There are many different reasons why one might suffer from this condition.
The primary cause of this condition is inflammation of the lungs and the membrane that surrounds them (this is known as pleurisy). The pain results from this condition are quite severe. However, it is important to seek medical attention for this condition as it can easily become fatal if left untreated. There are many different types of this condition including: pneumonia, empyema and tuberculosis.
5) You experience a severe fever that does not go away.
The fever lasts several days and may sometimes even cause you to go into a coma (this is known as hyperpyrexia). This condition can be a result of many factors. Some common causes of this condition include various types of viruses, bacteria, drug interactions, recreational drugs, exposure to poisons, brain tumors, and the flu.
It is very important that one seeks medical attention when going through a fever as it could be a sign of an infection or other serious condition.
6) You experience a loss of appetite (this is known as anorexia).
This condition may be caused by several factors. Some of these factors include: eating disorders, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. It can also result from exposure to certain drugs and recreational drugs.
There are also many different physical conditions such as diabetes, liver disease and kidney failure that can easily cause one to feel this way.
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