Pneumonia Patients - Recommended Lifestyle Changes

Javeria Usmani


August 25, 2021
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Did you know there is an official Pneumonia Day? Specifically, it turns out that pneumonia day is observed worldwide on the 12th of November every year for Pneumonia patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the year, 2017 more than 1.3 million individuals were reported with pneumonia infection. In this article, let's dive into some lifestyle changes for Pneumonia patients.

1 - Proper Vaccination For Pneumonia Patients

The vaccine can work from 23 to 80 different types of pneumococcus bacteria. Antibody formation occurs after injecting the vaccine into the body. In other words, pneumococcal vaccination is synonymous with pneumococcal immunization.

In conclusion, this vaccination method helps you gain immunity against pneumococcus bacteria, the actual cause of pneumonia infection.

CDC recommends vaccination for children younger than two years and adults older than or 65 years old.

These two vaccines are recommended for those age groups respectively:

  • PCV13
  • PCV23

Head over to Pneumococcal Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know to learn more.

2 - Increased Fluid Intake for Pneumonia Patients

Adequate hydration boosts immunity and helps your body function properly. Additionally, drinking lots of water releases toxins from the body, promoting health. Moreover, it loosens the mucus stuck in the respiratory tract working as a natural decongestant. 

Fluids like soups and herbal tea (no caffeine) can provide warmth to the lungs, also remove excess sputum such as water. 

3 - Physical Activity And Exercise

Staying active and exercising should be a part of your daily regime. These two things are a must to live a healthy life whether you are fit or not.

There can be several exercises for pneumonia patients to adopt for a healthy living, such as:

  • Stretching
  • Aerobics
  • Belly breathing
  • Pursed lip breathing
  • Walk
  • Yoga 

A specific Yoga pose, namely Pranayama, is quite beneficial for pneumonia.

Here is one of our articles stating How To Breathe Better: 4 Breathing Exercises Anyone Can Do

4 - Wash Hands

Washing hands after small intervals is a good practice. Especially after defecation, changing diapers, before/after eating, and preparing food.

A piece of evidence shows that washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of pulmonary diseases by 25%.

5 - Use Hand Sanitizer

Including alcohol-based sanitizer prevents you from getting infected. It is useful when water is not available as an alternative. 

6 - Humidifier

You can include a humidifier for daily use by asking your doctor or physician. For instance, it helps clear the nasal passage, relaxes the muscles, reduces irritation, and provides comfort.

Some suggest a cool-mist humidifier for patients with pneumonia to enhance breathing. 

7 - Avoid Alcohol Consumption

Consumption of alcohol destroys immune systems. Due to which your body becomes more prone to several infections.

8 - Say No To Smoking

Smoking is injurious to health. It attacks the respiratory system, so there are increased chances of lung disorders such as pneumonia. 

Smoke leads to difficulty in breathing along with cough and other symptoms.

9 - Healthy Diet For Pneumonia Patients

Pneumonia patients should always opt for the best foods for themselves. Specifically, opt for healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and fiber. Above all, your diet should be rich in nutrients. Moreover, it is better to avoid processed and unhealthy meals.

10 - Maintain Oral Hygiene

Regular dental cleaning and brushing twice a day can serve for good oral hygiene. However, germs and bacteria present in the mouth can lead to several respiratory disorders if not done. Following guidelines by your dentist is the only best way.

11 - Avoid Meeting Sick People

Pneumonia decreases immunity, the chances of you getting an infection can arise. Additionally, people who are unfit and sick carry bacteria or viruses. For this reason, maintain a distance or take precautions while patients are nearby.

12 - Intake Of Supplements

Vitamin D, zinc, probiotics, herbs, cistanche (Chinese medicine), and many other supplements can improve your pneumonia significantly.

13 - Adequate Rest For Pneumonia Patients

Proper sleep and a good amount of rest recover/heal the body fast. Above all, do not indulge in heavy workouts and intense work.

14 - Take Medicines As Prescribed

Regular checkups and visits to your doctor for the treatment of pneumonia are essential. You get aware of your condition following appropriate medical follow-up an receive and adequate prescription.

Never take medicines without the doctor’s advice.

Bottom Line for Pneumonia Patients:

This stat represents an increase in the death rate due to pneumonia and influenza in Canada.

• Influenza and pneumonia death rate Canada 2000-2019 | Statista

One should never take pneumonia easy. In other words, patients suffering from pneumonia should immediately reach the doctor or physician.

Changing your lifestyle can make your life better and comfortable. 


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