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

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