Pneumonia: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies

Pneumonia: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies

Suffering from pneumonia? Read this article to know the causes, symptoms, and home remedies for pneumonia disease.

Pneumonia is a respiratory disorder that causes inflammation in the lungs. It happens due to a bacterial infection. The air sacs of the lungs known as alveoli are filled up with fluids/pus/mucus which causes a lot of discomforts including fever, chills, cold, cough with mucus, etc.
Pneumonia can be life-threatening. So, you should seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any symptoms of pneumonia. However, you can ease your symptoms using home remedies for pneumonia.

Symptoms of Pneumonia

Symptoms of Pneumonia may include:

  • Fever & chills
  • Cold
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Chest pain while you breathe
  • Cough which may produce mucus
  • Headache

Causes of Pneumonia

Bacteria and viruses are the main culprits behind Pneumonia. These bacteria and viruses attack the lungs and fill them with fluids/mucus causing pneumonia. It is a contagious disease that is spread through air/while inhaling. Pneumonia is classified into different types. They are:
Bacteria: Bacteria is the common culprit behind most types of pneumonia cases. The bacteria which is responsible for this problem is called “Streptococcus Pneumoniae”.
Bacteria like Orgasms: “Mycoplasma Pneumonia” is another type of bacteria that is also responsible for causing pneumonia.
Fungi: People with chronic health conditions and weak immunity system are more prone to these types of pneumonia.
Virus (including COVID-19): Some virus which causes cold or flu may also cause pneumonia. This is the most common type of pneumonia that is found among children under age 5.

Home Remedies for Pneumonia

Amla
This fruit is known for its amazing health benefits. It has immunity-boosting properties that help in eliminating pneumonia. It provides relief from lung inflammation associated with pneumonia. It is also useful in other health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases.

Bhringraj
Leaves and roots of the Bhringraj plant is used in many ayurvedic medicines including pneumonia. It has antipyretic, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-hepatotoxic properties which help in reducing pneumonia and also improving overall health.

Drink more Water
Patients suffering from pneumonia needs to drink more water to stay hydrated as it will help in loosening the mucus in the lungs. You can include water, soups, herbal tea, etc. to stay hydrated. Also, avoid alcohol and smoking as it can dehydrate the body.

Haldi (Turmeric)
Haldi (turmeric) has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties that help in eliminating the pneumonia virus. It also helps in clearing chest pain related to pneumonia.
Use traditional turmeric milk to reduce the chest pain in pneumonia. It will also boost the immune system and help you in fast recovery.

Gargle with saltwater
It is the oldest remedy for problems like sore throat, throat pain, cough caused by pneumonia. Take a glass of lukewarm water and add ½ teaspoon of salt to it. Gargle with this solution for 2-3 minutes every day for 2-3 times a day to get relief.

Take a steam bath
A steam bath/ hot water bath also helps in loosening the mucus in the lungs. Take hot showers and steams to avoid any discomfort caused due to pneumonia.

Hope you find this information helpful, and if you have any health queries and health concerns then you can ask them to our Ayurvedic experts through our online consultation.

References:https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/pneumonia

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