Home Remedies to Help Ease Pneumonia Symptoms

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Update Date 11/09/2020 . 3 mins read
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What are the best pneumonia home remedies?

To answer this, it’s important to note that home remedies alone cannot treat this condition. Certain pneumonia home remedies can only help ease symptoms. They cannot be considered a cure or treatment.

First and foremost, what is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be either mild or severe. Those suffering from serious symptoms, such as a fever that just won’t go away, constant coughs and colds, or difficulty breathing, may need to seek treatment at a hospital. But those with mild symptoms or those who are asymptomatic, may stay at home and take home remedies together with any medications prescribed.

Pneumonia: All You Need to Know

It is important to note that these home remedies can only help ease the symptoms of pneumonia. They can in no way be considered a cure or treatment for the condition. 

Here are some home remedies for pneumonia based on symptoms that you might experience. 

Pneumonia Home Remedies to Ease Common Symptoms

Stay hydrated

Those infected with pneumonia often find themselves coughing within 24 hours or in the next few days. Because coughing is actually the way your body tries to eliminate fluid from the lungs, this is a condition that can bring you relief. 

Hydrate by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. This can help loosen the phlegm in your lungs. You can also gargle a saltwater solution to help ease coughing. Just dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water, and then gargle. You can also have a bowl of soup. A bowl of warm soup not only keeps you dehydrated, but it also contributes to bringing back your strength.

Have some herbal tea

Turmeric has many properties that help to relieve chest pains. Among them include having antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, some studies say that turmeric tea can also improve the functioning of your immune system. 

Much like turmeric tea, ginger tea has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help relieve pain, including chest pain. 

Because peppermint is a proven and effective anti-inflammatory remedy and painkiller, drinking peppermint tea can help in expelling mucus and alleviating irritation. 

The system has identified foreign bodies, and fights them off by raising the body’s temperature to a point where the bacteria or viruses will die. The fever usually happens immediately when you get pneumonia or it may develop during the course of the next few days.

What are the Most Common Symptoms of Pneumonia?

Apply a lukewarm compress

Fever is one common symptom of pneumonia. In order to bring down your temperature, apply a lukewarm compress to your forehead. Avoid using a cold compress because you might experience chills. A lukewarm compress, on the other hand, offers a more gradual temperature change. You can make your own compress by dipping a towel or a washcloth in lukewarm water, and then apply that to your forehead. Repeat as often as you like. 

It is common for those with pneumonia to suffer chills after the fever breaks. Chills can last up to a week. However, if your temperature spikes and remains high, seek medical attention immediately.

Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke

Smoking progressively causes lung damage, and impacts overall health. And so quitting smoking can help those diagnosed with pneumonia and other lung conditions recover and achieved improved health.

Get adequate rest

Stay in bed and make sure that you don’t do any strenuous activities. It is important not to overdo your daily activities until you have recovered from pneumonia. Sufficient rest is one of the key remedies to recover from this condition.

Have some caffeine 

Having a bit of caffeine, through coffee or green tea, has been known to ease breathing. The reason for this is that caffeine has a bronchodilator drug that can help to open up the airways in your lungs, and helps you go through the symptoms smoother and easier. The effects of caffeine may last up to an hour to up to four hours.

When to Take Medications

Depending on the severity, your doctor may prescribe certain cough medications or antibiotics to help address infection. You may also be advised to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, aspirin to help ease fever and alleviate pain.

It’s important to note that it is advisable to take such medications with a full stomach or after meals so that you won’t feel side effects such as nausea. Adults can take 200 milligrams every four to six hours while children can follow the directions on the packaging. 

Key Takeaways

Pneumonia is a serious condition. So it is vital to seek medical attention if you experience any of its signs and symptoms. It’s important to note that these home remedies can help ease the symptoms of pneumonia, but they cannot cure this condition. It is always to seek the advice of a doctor to know the best course of treatment. 

Learn more about pneumonia, here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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