Home Therapy for Pneumonia
In most cases, pneumonia can be treated with home therapy -- lots of rest and fluids. When the condition is caused by bacteria, antibiotics also will be involved as part of your treatment. Viral pneumonia isn't treated with antibiotics, however, as these drugs don't work in such cases. If you have viral pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat it.
In addition to prescribing medicines for pneumonia, your healthcare provider may recommend therapy that can be performed at home, including:
- Getting plenty of rest (both at night and during the day if needed).
- Drinking plenty of fluids. Drinking smaller amounts of fluid more often might be easier than drinking more fluids less often.
- Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) to help with any pain or fever. These medicines will also help make coughing easier. Coughing is good because it will help clear the lungs of germs. For this reason, cough suppressant medicine is not recommended.
(Click Pneumonia Treatment for more information on home therapy for pneumonia. This article also discusses treatments that are given in the hospital and explains how long symptoms typically last.)