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Treatments for Pneumonia

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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, and fever
  • Avoid complications

Pneumonia treatment includes:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.

Revision Information

  • Community-acquired pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115170/Community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults. Updated August 15, 2016. Accessed November 10, 2016.

  • Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113670/Community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children. Updated May 17, 2016. Accessed November 10, 2016.

  • 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 November 10, 2016.

  • Treatment. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu/treatment. Updated September 26, 2016. Accessed November 10, 2016.