Home remedies cannot treat pneumonia, but, these remedies can be used to effectively manage its symptoms. These are not replacement for your doctor-approved treatment plan, though. You should follow your doctor’s recommendations, while also using these complementary remedies.
Read on to know how you can use home remedies to relieve your fever, cough, chest pain, and more. If your symptoms persist or worsen beyond your projected outlook, consult your doctor.
Home Remedies to Manage Pneumonia Symptoms:
1. Hot Peppermint Tea
Peppermint can help to expel mucus and alleviate irritation. This is because it is a proven decongestant, painkiller and anti-inflammatory.
If you do not have peppermint tea, you can pick up loose or bagged teas online or at your local grocery. Also, if you have fresh peppermint, you can make your own tea using any type of mint.
1. Wash and cut some fresh mint leaves.
2. Place them in a teapot or cup.
3. Add boiling water, then steep for about 5 minutes.
5. Serve with honey, lemon, or milk.
You can deeply inhale the aroma of the peppermint tea, while the tea is steeping. This can help to clear your nasal pathways.
2. Saltwater Gargle
Gargling with salt water, or just water can help you get rid of some of the mucus in your throat and also relieve irritation.
1. Dissolve 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon salt into a glass of warm water.
2. Gargle the mixture for at least 30 seconds.
3. Spit it out.
4. Repeat this procedure at least 3x daily.
High fever is another risk in people with pneumonia, therefore, keeping a fever down is important to avoiding complications.
3. Fenugreek Tea
A study posted to the Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences noted that making tea from fenugreek seeds may encourage a person to sweat, which in turn, could reduce their temperature.
When a person has a fever, in order to keep the body full of electrolytes and liquids, it is important to prevent dehydration. Drinking iced beverages or eating homemade ice popsicles can help to hydrate the body, and to cool it down.
5. Over-the-counter (OTC) Pain Relievers
Some OTC drugs such as Ibuprofen (Advil) may help reduce symptoms, including pain and fever. It is important to take the medications with food, and do not exceed the recommended dosage.
6. Warm Water
A glass of warm water can help you stay hydrated, and warm you internally. Remember to make extra effort to get in plenty of fluids.
7. Bowl of Soup
A hot bowl of soup is nourishing, and can also help to replenish vital liquids, while it helps you to warm from the inside out.
For Chest Pain
Chest pain may suddenly come over the course of several days. Some chest ache or pain is expected with pneumonia. With treatment, chest pain typically subsides within 4 weeks.
8. Ginger Tea
Ginger has been reported to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful in reducing pain. Recent research on ginger has not studied its efficacy for chest pain, but its pain-relieving effects are thought to be useful here.
You can find bagged or loose ginger teas online or at your local grocery. Also, you can use raw ginger to make ginger tea.
1. Grate or cut a few pieces of fresh ginger, then add it to a pot of boiling water.
2. Reduce the heat, then simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Strain and serve with lemon or honey.
Drink this tea as often as you’d like.
9. Turmeric Tea
Turmeric has been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help in relieving pain. Although existing research is on other forms of pain, its effects could extend to chest pain. Also, turmeric contains anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.
You can purchase turmeric tea online or at your local grocery. Also, you can make your own tea using turmeric powder.
1. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder to boiling water.
2. Reduce the heat, then slowly simmer for at least 10 minutes.
3. Strain, then serve with lemon or honey.
4. You can add a pinch of black pepper for increased absorption.
Drink this tea as often as you’d like.
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