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What are the treatments for pneumonia?

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Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs. Your treatment will depend on what caused and how sick you are.

If you have bacterial pneumonia, you’ll take antibiotics. If your pneumonia was caused by a virus, time and rest are key to your recovery. Viral pneumonia usually gets better on its own in 1 to 3 weeks. But your doctor may recommend treatment that includes:

  • Drinking lots of fluids to loosen the gunk in your lungs
  • Lots of rest
  • Medicines to control your fever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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