Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

These tips can help you recover more quickly and decrease your risk of complications:

  • Get plenty of rest. Don't go back to school or work until after your temperature returns to normal and you stop coughing up mucus. Even when you start to feel better, be careful not to overdo it. Because pneumonia can recur, it's better not to jump back into your routine until you are fully recovered. Ask your doctor if you're not sure.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help loosen mucus in your lungs.
  • Take your medicine as prescribed. Take the entire course of any medications your doctor prescribed for you. If you stop medication too soon, your lungs may continue to harbor bacteria that can multiply and cause your pneumonia to recur.
Mar. 14, 2015

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