antibiotics to treat
pneumonia caused by bacteria, the most common cause of
the condition. Antibiotics have a high cure rate for pneumonia.5
Your doctor will
choose your antibiotic based on a number of things,
including your age, your symptoms and how severe they are, and whether you need
to go to the hospital. The number of days you take antibiotics depends on your general
health, how serious your pneumonia is, and the type of antibiotic you are
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Most people see some
improvement in symptoms in 2 to 3 days. Unless you get worse during this time,
your doctor usually will not change your treatment for at least 3 days.
Getting started on antibiotics soon after getting pneumonia may help recovery.5
For more details about antibiotics for pneumonia, see the Medications section of this topic.
there is no improvement or if your symptoms get worse, you may need a
culture and a sensitivity test. These tests help
identify the organism that is causing your symptoms. These tests also help your
doctor find out whether the bacteria is
resistant to the antibiotic.
If you do not need to go to the
hospital for pneumonia, it is not usually necessary to identify the organism
causing the pneumonia before starting treatment. If you do go to the hospital,
you will probably have some testing to identify the bacteria.
will not have to go to the hospital unless you:
Varicella pneumonia, which is rare, can be treated with
What To Think About
In most cases pneumonia is a short-term,
treatable illness. But frequent bouts of pneumonia can be a serious
complication of a long-term (chronic) illness, such as chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have a severe long-term illness, it may be
hard to treat your pneumonia, or you may choose not to treat it. You and
your doctor should discuss this. This discussion may include information about how to create an
advance directive. For more information, see the topic
Writing an Advance Directive or
Care at the End of Life.