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A 23-year-old female asked:

How do i know if i have pneumonia, x-ray two days ago heard nothing yet, cough nasal conjestion 2+ weeks no fever or body aches, allergies? or cold?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
Occupational Medicine 33 years experience
Not pneumonia: No fever, no body aches, no call from doctor who ordered XRay, it is unlikely that you have pneumonia. Most likely you have allergic rhinitis with nasal drainage that is causing congestion and coughing.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
"walking pneumonia": If you have any pneumonia at all, it would probably be the kind called 'walking pneumonia' which means ur actually doing OK. At least compared to 'regular' cases of pneumonia, where you could wind up in the hospital. Given that no one has called you after 2 days, most likely your chest X-ray didn't show anything. The doc reading that X-ray should call right away if there's a problem. Feel better!
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Just a cold: What you have is most likely from a viral infection given that you have no fever. Most of your symptoms should improve by the 10th day although the cough on occasions may linger for a few weeks longer.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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