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What are some tips for recovering from pneumonia?

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When recovering from pneumonia, NHS Choices advises patients to take antibiotics as directed by their physicians, drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest. Patients may take over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate pain and fever, but taking cough medicine is not recommended because coughing helps clear mucous from the lungs. Patients who smoke should refrain from doing so and attempt to quit.

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Sutter Health notes that consuming a balanced, healthy diet helps the body recover from pneumonia. Patients need to be up and around as soon as possible but must avoid overdoing activities. Sitting up in a chair, taking full, deep breaths and walking are beneficial for the lungs.

Cleveland Clinic recommends drinking warm liquids, such as tea, to alleviate coughing and advises patients to limit intake of alcohol, avoid secondhand smoke and avoid exposure to those who are ill. Patients should expect recovery to take weeks, although they can expect steady improvement.

Sutter Health advises patients to contact their doctors if their condition worsens. This includes fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, chills and increased or unusual shortness of breath as well as severe coughing or more coughing than usual or an increase in sputum production. Clear or pale yellow sputum that changes to a greenish color should also be reported to the doctor as should the appearance of a white, patchy coating in the mouth.

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