Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To help you recover more quickly and decrease your risk of complications:

  • Get plenty of rest. Even when you start to feel better, be careful not to overdo it.
  • Stay home from school or work until after your temperature returns to normal and you stop coughing up mucus. Because pneumonia can recur, it's better not to return to a full workload until you're sure you're well. Ask your doctor if you're not sure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help loosen mucus in your lungs.
  • Take the entire course of any prescribed medications. If you stop medication too soon, your lungs may continue to harbor bacteria that can multiply and cause your pneumonia to recur.
May. 21, 2013

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