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Treatments for Pneumonia
The goal of treatment is to:
- Destroy the germs that caused the infection
- Maintain adequate oxygenation
- Relieve symptoms, such as shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, or fever
- Avoid complications
Pneumonia treatment includes:Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments
There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.
Community-acquired pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 25, 2013. Accessed April 3, 2013.
Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 18, 2013. Accessed April 3, 2013.
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 October 3, 2012.
How is pneumonia treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu. Updated March 1, 2011. Accessed February 14, 2014.
- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015