Zara Larsson is reportedly down with pneumonia. The Swedish singer, who has been making inroads in music since winning at talent competition, is a not so subtle reminder that even teens are susceptible this time of year to bronchial ailments.
Larsson, 19, has been ordered to rest for at least the next 10 days. She’s taking both antibiotics as well as cortisone and an inhaler, according to reports.
She was supposed to celebrate her 20th birthday this weekend.
The condition involves inflammation and swelling of tissue in the lungs, typically caused by a bacterial infection.
Bacterial pneumonia is usually more serious because it produces severe symptoms, according to medical references.
Pneumonia can also be caused by the flu virus and can be complicated by a secondary bacterial infection.
The symptoms include a cough with thick yellow, green, or blood-tinged mucus, stabbing chest pain that worsens when coughing or breathing,
chills and fever.
Larsson broke the news herself on social media. “I have pneumonia uugghh,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Antibiotics, cortisone and inhaler and rest for 10 days … and it’s my birthday on Saturday,” she added.
Zara’s fans have responded with get well messages and expressions of sympathy.
“Awh my dad has it too ): I hope you get better soon,” one fan wrote.
“Oh no, that’s terrible!!!” wrote another fan.
“get well soon and please try not to go outside until you get better, take your medicines, grab a blanket and stay warm and cozy, I love you!!!.”
Despite falling ill, Zara wrapped up her final gig of the year just two days ago.
Larsson’s debut international album, So Good was released this past March.
It debuted at No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart and has spun off eight singles, including “Lush Life”, “Never Forget You”, “Ain’t My Fault”, “I Would Like” and “Symphony.”