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Pneumonia Treatments


Treatment of pneumonia depends on:

  • Type of pneumonia
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Other factors

Common methods of treatment include:

Bacterial Pneumonia

  • Antibiotics

Viral Pneumonia

  • Rest and fluids
  • Antiviral medicines—may be prescribed for young children and patients with weakened immune systems
  • Note: Antibiotics are ineffective for treating viral pneumonia

Atypical Pneumonia

  • Antibiotics


  • Over-the-counter medicines to reduce fever and aches, and soothe cough
  • Hospitalization, for people with very severe symptoms

It is very important to take the medicine as prescribed. Stopping medicine early may cause a relapse. It may also create a strain of drug resistant bacteria.

If you are diagnosed with pneumonia, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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