Though self-treatment is not recommended, patients may take of themselves when dealing with pneumonia. They should be aware of the fever and manage body temperature with medication such as aspirin. However, one should not exceed the recommended amount or start taking drugs without consultation. They should drink sufficient amount of water (more than two liters per day). Warm beverages and steamy baths also help to fight the virus.
Smokers suffer from pneumonia more than others as their lungs work worse. A passive smoker is an issue too, so one should better stay away from the active smokers. You should also avoid wood smoke.
Oxygen therapy and breathing exercises are good for health too, and they may speed up the process of recovery from pneumonia. Finally, the patient should not forget about the effectiveness of good rest. Don’t get yourself overwhelmed and stay in a bed as long as it takes.