In the United States, a report last week indicates that flu or pneumonia causes one out of 10 deaths. Pneumonia infections affect one or both lungs and are caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi.
Among the typical symptoms of pneumonia are coughing with phlegm or mucus, fever, sweating and chills, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is contagious by spreading through inhalation of airborne droplets from a sneeze or a cough.
Prescribed antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal drugs could treat pneumonia. There are also home treatments that could relieve the symptoms of pneumonia. The following are some home remedies shared by Medical News Today to ease the symptoms of this condition.
For a Cough
1. Saltwater gargle
Saltwater gargle consists of two ingredients namely salt and water, which is easy to make and apply. This warm gargle could help remove the mucus or germs in the throat and chest. It will prevent the coughing from being aggravated.
2. Herbal teas
A study indicates that herbs such as peppermint and eucalyptus could sooth the throat of people with upper respiratory tract infections. They could also break up the mucus and relieve the inflammation caused by pneumonia.
For Chest Pains
3. Drink ginger or turmeric tea
Pneumonia could also cause chest pain, which is the effect of coughing. You may try drinking warm ginger or turmeric tea. They have natural anti-inflammatory properties that could reduce chest pain.
4. Drink iced beverages
To prevent dehydration, you have to keep the person with a fever full of liquids by drinking iced beverages. You may also eat homemade popsicles to cool and hydrate the patient’s body.
5. Drink Fenugreek tea
A study shows that fenugreek tea could make a person sweat and lower the temperature of a person with a fever.
6. Take over-the-counter pain relievers
OTC drugs could reduce fever and pain. However, you must take the proper dosage and take them with food.
For Shortness of Breath
7. Drink a cup of caffeine
You could drink a small amount of coffee or black or green tea, which could open up the airways in the lungs.
8. Inhale warm and damp air
Breathing over a warm cup of tea or the steam from a shower could keep the throat from being pressurized. This treatment could reduce this symptom of pneumonia.
9. Have enough rest
To ease shortness of breath, you must have enough rest needed for the repair of the cellular in the body. Do not do things that require physical effort.
10. Drink warm liquids
To prevent chills caused by fever, you may drink warm liquids. These include herbal teas, warm water, or a bowl of soup.