What To Do When You Think You have Pneumonia

Do you think you have pneumonia? You could have or maybe its just nothing serious. Well if it is check out this article and know what to do when you are so sure you have pneumonia

Know the symptoms of pneumonia;

By knowing what to look out for, you can further prevent getting Pneumonia.

  • Cough which produces green, yellow, or blood-like mucus, phlegm, or sputum.
  • Fever, which may be mild or high.
  • Shaking chills.
  • Shortness of breath when climbing stairs.
  • Sweating and clammy skin.
  • Headache.
  • Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue.
  • Sharp, sudden pain in the middle of the chest.

1. Consult a doctor if any of the symptoms of Pneumonia appear.

You may want to make sure that you don’t just have a common cold before making a trip to the doctor and spending the money.

If you feel that you may be showing symptoms, consulting your doctor as soon as possible can help you prevent the illness from worsening.
Your doctor may order a chest x-ray if they think Pneumonia is a possibility.

While you shouldn’t wait too long to go to the doctor if you do have Pneumonia, one of the ways to prevent getting Pneumonia is to stay away from areas where sick people are, like a hospital or doctor’s office. So it’s best to check to see if your symptoms resemble Pneumonia or just a common cold.

2. Get a prescription from your doctor.

If you have Pneumonia your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that will help you to fight the infection within 2 – 3 days.

Your doctor will find which antibiotic is right for you based on your age, other health conditions, and medical history.

3. Take acetaminophen.

Something like Tylenol will reduce pain and a fever, making you more comfortable.

Use a thermometer to monitor your fever. If your fever is 103 °F (39 °C) or higher, see your doctor immediately.

4. Drink plenty of fluids.

Staying well hydrated is very important if you are sick. Avoid drinks with sugar in them.

Water that is either warm or room temperature will be most effective for keeping you hydrated, and you can add lemon for a bit of flavor.

5. Get plenty of rest.

Sleeping a lot will help your body recover faster as not exerting yourself will let your body focus on fighting the infection.

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