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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, and fever
  • Avoid complications

Pneumonia treatment includes:

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.

REFERENCES:

Community-acquired pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115170/Community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults. Accessed November 10, 2019.

Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113670/Community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children. Accessed November 10, 2019.

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, 2019.

Treatment. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu/treatment. Accessed November 10, 2019.

Last reviewed January 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP  Last Updated:1/21/2020