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
Mycoplasma pneumonia usually develops gradually and is treated with antibiotics.
Many people who have it feel well enough to participate in everyday activities.
Keep in Mind
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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