Pneumonia is an Inflammation and infection of one or both lungs, which is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Someone can suffer from Pneumonia when bacteria or viruses that are normally present in the mouth, throat, or nose inadvertently enter the lungs. If you have pneumonia, you may have difficulty breathing and have a cough and a fever. A physical exam and history can help determine if you have pneumonia. Chest x-rays and blood tests can help determine Pneumonia. Treatment depends on what made you sick. If bacteria are the cause, antibiotics should help. Viral pneumonia may get better with rest and drinking liquids.

Symptoms of Pneumonia

The most common symptoms of Pneumonia are:

  • Chest pain.
  • A cough that produces greenish or yellow sputum.
  • Wheezing. 
  • Loss of appetite (in older children) or poor feeding (in infants).
  • Nausea. 
  • The pneumonia symptoms initially begin with cold which is followed by high fever.
  • At times, the individual's skin colour may change and become dusky or purplish  due to their blood being poorly oxygenated

Causes of Pneumonia

These are the major causes of Pneumonia:

  • Pneumonia is caused when bacteria or viruses that are normally present in the mouth, throat, or nose inadvertently enter the lung. A healthy person's nose and throat often contain bacteria or viruses that cause pneumonia.
  • People with recent viral infections, lung disease, heart disease, and swallowing problems can easily get germs of pneumonia.
  • Some of the causes of pneumonia are bronchiectasis, excessive smoking, chronic alcohol misuse, intravenous drug misuse, weakened immune system, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer. 

Home Remedies for Pneumonia        

The most effective Home Remedies for Pneumonia are:

  • Carrot juice, when combined with beet and cucumber juices or spinach juice, is also beneficial in curing pneumonia. In 300 ml carrot juice, mix in either 200 ml of spinach juice or 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juice.
  • Extract juice of 5 to 6 Holy Basil leaves. To this, add some black pepper. Consume this after every 6 hours.
  • A paste of garlic can also be applied externally on the chest with beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient.
  • Sesame seeds are valuable in pneumonia. An infusion of the seeds can be made by steeping 15 gm of seeds in 250 ml of water. This infusion, mixed with a tablespoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt, and a dessertspoon of honey, should be given in the treatment of this disease.
  • Another effective home remedy would be to rub some turpentine oil over the patient's rib cage. After this, cover the area with a warm cloth.
  • The best treatment would be to have tea prepared from fenugreek seeds. Have four cups of this tea every day.
  • Turmeric, ginger, fenugreek and black pepper are mucolytic and hence are considered to be good for expelling mucous from the body especially from the respiratory tract. Take these herbs in any form; raw or cooked it will be better for your lungs.
  • It is beneficial to take five drops of garlic juice in 2 tsp. of hot water.

Pneumonia Treatment and Advice:

  • Avoid strong tea, coffee and other stimulant beverages. This may produce bad effect in pneumonia.
  • At the beginning of the treatment the patient should be kept on a diet of raw juices for five to ten days, depending on the severity of the disease. He should take a glass of fruit or vegetable juice diluted with warm water, every two or three hours.

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