Lifestyle and home remediesBy 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.
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