Pneumonia is an infection and inflammation of the lungs. The symptoms of pneumonia are fever, chills, and muscle aches, coughing which includes coughing up mucous that sometimes has a little blood in it, shortness of breath, and chest pain that may be worse when you take a deep breath. You may have all of these symptoms or just a few.
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest
- Productive cough
When you go home it is important for you to do these things:
- Take your antibiotics until they are all gone
- Rest, follow your doctor’s advice about when to go back to your normal activities.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help you cough up mucous more easily, unless your doctor has told you to limit your fluids.
- Use a cool air humidifier to increase moisture in the air.
- Call your doctor if you feel like you are getting worse or are not getting better in a few days.
- Remember it will take a while to be back at 100% so get plenty of rest.
How can I prevent getting pneumonia?
- Don’t smoke! Or if you do, QUIT!!
- Get a flu shot every year during the months of October through March if not contraindicated.
- Get the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax) if you have a chronic illness or are over 65.
- Eat right and exercise (if it is okay with your doctor).
- Wash your hands when you are around sick people, in public and before you eat or drink.