While nobody wants to get sick, least of all with pneumonia, if you had to, we’d suggest hoping for walking pneumonia. Why you ask? Well, pneumonia, in general, is a pretty scary thing and comes with some pretty intense symptoms and possible complications. It can cause a person to have respiratory failure, respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, and lung abscess. Some of these can prove fatal, others just incredibly unpleasant. However, walking pneumonia doesn’t come with such a scary list of complications; in fact, you can consider walking pneumonia “pneumonia light.”
A form of atypical pneumonia caused by the Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria, it is a much milder form of the illness and as we mentioned, it doesn’t exhibit the same severe symptoms. In fact, walking pneumonia is often mistaken for a really bad cold or flu.
So how is it treated?
Very often walking pneumonia never gets diagnosed medically, rather, it simply runs its course and in a couple of weeks, the patient is back to normal. If diagnosed, through the use of antibiotics, downtime is usually drastically cut, however, knowing that it isn’t the most severe thing in the world, many people opt to treat it themselves.
Get plenty of rest. We know this can be difficult for many of you, especially those with an already busy schedule, however, resting allows the body to heal quicker and can also help ensure that the pneumonia doesn’t lead to another, more complicated issue.
Drink plenty of fluids. While perhaps not the most scientific-sounding reason, all you need to know is that the more fluids you consume, the faster the toxins will be flushed out of your system.
Use a heating pad. One of the most characteristic symptoms of pneumonia is an achy body. This can be greatly eased by using a heating pad and warm compresses on the affected area.
Steam inhalation. Pneumonia usually comes with severe blockages of the lungs and using steam, especially infused with essential oils, can help to break down the mucus and allow for an easier time breathing.
Control fever. Nobody likes a fever, and there is a good chance that pneumonia will cause you to have one. If it is low-grade, simply turn to OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help mitigate your fever.
Walking pneumonia, while still an unpleasant experience, is a far cry from regular pneumonia and can often be treated at home with minimal complications. However, it is always wise to consult with your healthcare professional before beginning any treatment.