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How do you treat acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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People with ARDS are treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital. You want to get oxygen levels in your blood back up so your organs get what they need. Your doctor might start with an air mask and later go to a breathing tube and ventilator (a machine that helps you breathe), depending on how you're doing.

Other treatments might include:

If you respond to treatment, you'll usually have a full recovery with no long-term harm. You might be weak afterward and need physical therapy.

  • Nutrition and medicine through IV fluids
  • Medicine to prevent bleeding and blood clots
  • Medicine to keep you calm and comfortable

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

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