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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 of shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, etc.
  • Avoid complications
Treatment involves the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.

References

Pneumonia symptoms diagnosis and treatment. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/pneumonia/symptoms-diagnosis-and.html. Accessed October 3, 2012.

Pneumonia. National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu. Updated March 1, 2011. Accessed October 3, 2012.

Pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012.

Pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012.

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