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Preventing PneumoniaPrevenci³n de la pulmon­a

Preventing Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. Those most at risk include the elderly, smokers, and people with chronic lung diseases (such as emphysema or asthma). The tips below can help you prevent pneumonia. Follow them and any guidelines from your healthcare provider.

Washing hands

Avoid Infection

  • Wash your hands often to keep from picking up germs.

  • Avoid touching your face and mouth with your hands.

  • Use disposable tissues instead of a handkerchief. Throw used tissues away.

  • Avoid people who have a cold or the flu.

  • Try to avoid crowded places.

  • Ask your doctor if your need a pneumonia vaccine (given every 5-8 years) or a yearly flu shot to lower your risk for pneumonia.

Do Suggested Breathing Exercises Image of man

Deep breathing and coughing exercises can help clear your lungs. Your healthcare provider may suggest them. If so, you will be shown how to do them. Do them as often as your healthcare provider instructs.

Take Care of Your Body

  • Ask your doctor whether you should increase your fluid intake. If so, drink at least  6-8 glasses of fluids a day.

  • Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol.

  • Don't smoke. Avoid places where people are smoking.

  • Ask your doctor whether you need a pneumonia vaccine or a yearly flu shot.

Balance Activity and Rest

  • Moving around helps keep your lungs clear. Ask your healthcare provider what type of activity is best for you. Walking is often a good choice.

  • Get enough rest. Sleep at least 8 hours each night. Rest or nap during the day as needed.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-01-01T00:00:00-07:00

TESTIMONIALS

Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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