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Medic for Easing Pneumonia Symptoms

by Andrea Walker, FNP-BC, RN
Note: Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use home remedies only as an adjunct to treatment.

If you are sneezing, wheezing, coughing and running a high fever, then it is quite likely that you have come down with pneumonia. Pneumonia is a respiratory condition that is characterized by the inflammation in lungs due to bacterial, viral or fungal infection. This infection is contagious and can be critical to the point of being life threatening at times.

Considering that pneumonia is the inflammatory disorder of the lungs which is caused due to the infection of the airways, you cannot use home remedies to treat it. Home remedies, though, when coupled with the doctor-approved treatment plan, can be quite effective in managing the symptoms of pneumonia.

Causes of Pneumonia

Often, pneumonia is a mild condition which clears up within two to three weeks. However, at times, it can become quite serious and may even prove fatal.

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Pneumonia is caused by microbes or infectious agents such as bacteria, virus and fungi. It is usually acquired from someone else or because of the infection lingering in the air.

Pneumonia medical diagram

Though your immune system is typically effective at fighting these infections, sometimes they can overcome your body’s natural defense mechanisms.

Pneumonia is especially dangerous for infants, young children, adults age 65 or older and individuals with a weakened immune system or underlying health issues. If you are already suffering from flu, cold or conditions like asthma or diabetes, then you are at a higher risk of contracting pneumonia.

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Symptoms of Pneumonia

The most common symptoms of pneumonia include cough, fever, shaking, chills, and shortness of breath. Additional symptoms that can also be present include headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, and chest pain when breathing deeply or coughing. Older adults with pneumonia may experience confusion or delirium.

Backenting Pneumonia

You can protect yourself and those around you from getting pneumonia by incorporating the following in your lifestyle-

  1. Always cover your nose and mouth while sneezing, to prevent spreading the infection.
  2. Wash your hands regularly, especially before and after the meals to avoid respiratory infections that at times lead to pneumonia.
  3. Indulge in a healthy diet and get enough sleep to keep your immune system strong.
  4. Regular exercise is also a contributing factor to a strong immune system.
  5. You can also ask for the vaccinations available for pneumonia that considerably reduce the risk of you contracting pneumonia.

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When to See a Doctor

If you notice the initial symptoms of pneumonia, then you need to consult your doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Stick to the treatment plan and course of medicines prescribed by the doctor for a healthy recovery. And in case, you do not notice any improvement in your condition after 3-4 days of your treatment, then consult the doctor again.

It is important to see a doctor if you are having difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent fever (102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or persistent cough.

The proper treatment for this condition depends on the type of pneumonia you have and the severity of symptoms. Severe cases may require hospitalization.

home remedies easing pneumonia symptoms

Below are some home remedies that you can use as complementary therapies that can be followed with your doctor’s treatment plan for easing the symptoms and for a healthier recovery.

1. Garlic

Garlic has unique chemical compounds that possess the ability to fight off bacteria, viruses and fungi. It also helps bring down the body temperature and increases expectoration to clear phlegm out of the chest and lungs.

garlic for pneumonia

  • Mix 1 cup of milk in 4 cups of water and add ½ teaspoon of crushed garlic to it. Boil the solution until it is reduced to its one-fourth. Drink it 3 times a day.
  • Another way to use garlic is to marinate crushed garlic cloves in a mixture of equal amounts of fresh lemon juice and honey. Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of this, 3 or 4 times a day.
  • You can also rub a little garlic paste or garlic juice on your chest.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint can be used for management of a variety of conditions. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral ability. It can be used to reduce mucus production. Menthol, which is found in peppermint, can improve breathing effort.

peppermint reduces pneumonia

  1. Using a tea strainer, steep peppermint leaves in 250 ml of hot water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add 1 tablespoon of raw honey.
  3. Drink this peppermint tea a few times a day.

3. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek has mucolytic properties, that is, it helps break up congestion. It induces sweating which reduces fever and helps remove toxins from the body.

fenugreek seeds treat pneumonia

  • Make fenugreek tea by adding 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 500 ml or about 2 cups of boiling water. Strain and drink 4 cups of fenugreek tea per day. To improve its taste, you can add a little lemon juice. Reduce the amount you drink as your symptoms improve.
  • Prepare an herbal tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, 1 teaspoon of ginger, 1 crushed garlic clove, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in 1 cup of hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain it and squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into it. You can also add a little honey. Drink this tea a few times throughout the day.

4. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce mucus production in the respiratory tract and alleviates cough. In addition, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can combat infection.

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eucalyptus oil reduces pneumonia

  • Apply 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to the chest or back
  • You can also add a few drops of the oil to your diffuser.

5. Turmeric

Like fenugreek, turmeric (curcumin) works as a mucolytic to expel mucus from the body, particularly from the respiratory tract. Plus, it has antiviral and antibacterial properties that assist in fighting infection.

turmeric to treat pneumonia

  • Mix turmeric powder in warm mustard oil to make a paste. Rub it on your chest.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Another option is to mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder in a glass of warm water. Drink it once a day.

6. Holy Basil and Black Pepper

Holy basil or tulsi is an Ayurvedic herb with antimicrobial activity. Black pepper (piperine) is used to enhance the medicinal benefits found in turmeric. Both these ingredients are beneficial for your lungs and useful in the natural treatment of pneumonia.

holy basil and pepper remedy for pneumonia

  1. Extract the juice from 5 basil leaves.
  2. Mix in a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Consume it every 6 hours.

7. Turpentine Oil

turpentine oil for pneumonia

This oil helps relieve pain and congestion associated with pneumonia.

  1. Rub a small amount of turpentine oil over your rib cage. You can also mix camphor in it and then massage.
  2. Cover the area with a warm cotton or wool cloth.

8. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano (Origanum) combats pneumonia-causing germs due to its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also helps to thin mucus and clear congestion.

oil of oregano reduces pneumonia

  • Add 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil to a glass of water or fresh juice. Drink it 3 times daily.
  • Put 1 or 2 drops of this essential oil on a tissue or cotton ball and place it beside your pillow before going to sleep so you can inhale it throughout the night.

Apart from these remedies, make sure you take the entire course of the medications prescribed by your doctor even if you start to feel better. Not taking medication as prescribed can lead to return of pneumonia and worsen your condition. Additionally, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids, especially water and vegetable juices that help to boost your immunity.

Consult your doctor before taking any cough or cold medicine. Coughing can actually be helpful because it helps your body get rid of mucus.

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Medic for Easing Pneumonia Symptoms was last modified: October 12th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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25 thoughts on “Medic for Easing Pneumonia Symptoms”

  1. My son (16mnths) has dry cough, its been over 3 weeks now, he’s been from the dr, went to the clinic, now I don’t know what to do. His chest is making a funny noise as he breaths. I’m going to try home remedies and see.

  2. Magnificent website. Lots of helpful information here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you to your effort!

  3. I’m lung Pnemounia patient now a days and i feel like dying with my chest pain,And hopefully this will work out,I’m having medicines but not working out i’m tired of it.

    1. I have same diseases of my father, will you tell me some home made treatment to do.Give me some home made tips that he feel relax from coughing

  4. I started with high fever last Sunday, went to emergency room they admitted me. My fever was up and down finally with all the tests they finally said I had a left lobe pneumonia in my lung. I am trying to do the right thing by changing my diet, and start juicing. SO I WILL BE LOOKING OR RECIPES.. God bless to all with the same condition.

  5. I am recently diagnosed with pneumonia and I am just hoping these remedies do work and help us eradicate pneumonia out of our bodies.
    Well I would like to express mt regards to people who took initiative towars this problem. Thank you and may god bless you.

  6. For quick chest congestion and mucus relief. Crush 1 once of Ginger add to 16 oz of boiling water. Allow to cool and enjoy. Been in the family for over 100 years

  7. Radishes are amazing for purification and cleansing excess mucus. I eat them raw to make sure I am receiving the total benefits.

  8. Am suffering from sever UTI have been in and out of hospital. Also my chest keeps on bringing problem.Have been treated by doctor but there is no change.Will try these hope they will work.Thanx a lot

  9. Was reading, and thought I would let you know with cold or mucus I have chicken noodle soup with as much garlic and cayenne as I can stand. Since I like these spices it’s quite a lot, the effects of clearing my head and lungs is dramatic. I have two to three times a day, and by third day all is clear.

  10. You say in 2 places to drink milk but dairy is extremely harmful to people with lung problems.
    Also is choline not chlorine in the vegetable.
    This is a lot of second hand info. that would have been better if the writer knew more about lungs I think.

  11. You guys are good I got treated my chest pain from you and I appreciated my voice is to tell you that may God bless you as you are continuing to treat one another

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