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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Pneumonia

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a known lung irritant. It will make it even more difficult to get enough oxygen and it will take you longer to recover. Talk to your doctor about the many treatment options that are available to help you quit smoking. Nicotine replacement products, like patch or gum, can help to relieve uncomfortable side effects.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol use can lower your immune resistance. This can make it difficult to recover. If you have trouble controlling alcohol intake, talk to your doctor.

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Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113670/Community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children. Updated May 17, 2016. Accessed November 10, 2016.

Diagnosing and treating pneumonia. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/pneumonia/diagnosing-and-treating.html. Accessed November 10, 2016.

Treatment. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu/treatment. Updated September 26, 2016. Accessed November 10, 2016.

Last reviewed November 2016 by David L. Horn, MD  Last Updated: 5/20/2015