Home treatment options for pneumonia include a lot of rest, staying hydrated and taking an acetaminophen such as Tylenol or aspirin to reduce fever and improve comfort, says WebMD. If a cough that disturbs the ability to rest is present, the cough should also be treated.
After a week of home treatment, it is good to see a doctor to make sure the pneumonia is healing, says WebMD. If home treatments do not contribute to feeling better or symptoms such as coughing or fever get worse, one should notify a doctor. Additional symptoms that should be addressed with a doctor are shortness of breath, weakness and feeling faint when standing up.
When administering cough and cold medicines it is important to make sure they are safe for children or people with certain medical conditions. The directions for doses that are on the label should be followed, advises WebMD.
Additional treatment for pneumonia include intravenous antibiotics, fluids delivered through an IV, respiratory therapy and oxygen therapy, according to WebMD. Respiratory therapy helps remove mucus build-up in the lungs and includes methods such as breathing exercises, postural drainage and incentive spirometry. Oxygen therapy helps deliver oxygen to the cells and is administered through a nasal tube or facial mask.