Water, Tea, and Soup
Even when you’re healthy, you need lots of fluids to stay hydrated. But they’re extra important when you have pneumonia, because they help loosen the mucus in your lungs. That way, you can get rid of it when you cough. Your best options include water, warm tea, and broth-based soups, like chicken soup. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol, though. They can dehydrate you.
Ask About Cough Medicine
You may be tempted to guzzle cough syrup. But keep in mind that coughing is your body’s way of trying to clear the mucus out of your lungs, and you need that to happen. So ask your doctor if you should take any cough medicine. If the hacking keeps you from getting enough rest, you may be able to take the smallest dose that lets you fall sleep. Or try a warm mixture of honey and lemon instead.