Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of pneumonia you have, on your age and general physical well-being.

Most cases of pneumonia can be treated at home. However, hospital admission is often recommended for babies, young children and the elderly, or for those who have severe pneumonia.

  • rest as much as possible, in an upright position is best
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • take antibiotics if/as prescribed
  • take medications (such as paracetamol) if required for relief of pain and fever.

You are likely to need to see your doctor for a medical review at least once a day at first, and sometimes morning and afternoon, until you are clearly getting better. This includes weekends so you may have to attend an after hours clinic.

Source: Health Navigator New Zealand