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What do I need to know about caring for someone with pneumonia?

When caring for someone with pneumonia, make sure the person gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids. If the doctor has prescribed drugs, be sure the person takes them on schedule and finishes the whole prescription. Be aware of any health issues (such as AIDS, diabetes, or COPD) that might make complications more likely. Watch for signs that the patient is getting worse. If the patient has a high fever, is having trouble breathing, or seems to be getting sicker, call the doctor or go to the emergency room.

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