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How is pneumonia treated?

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If it’s caused by bacteria, you’ll get an antibiotic. If it’s caused by a virus, you may get an antiviral drug -- and if it’s really severe, you may need to go to the hospital, though that’s not as common.

To help ease your symptoms, you can do many of the same things as with bronchitis:

Again, it’s best to avoid cough medicines. In fact, there’s actually very little proof that they can help with the cough you get from pneumonia.

Pneumonia usually runs its course within a few weeks with treatment, but you may be tired for as long as a month.

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get as much rest as you can
  • Take pain relievers for pain and fever

From: Is It Bronchitis or Pneumonia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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