Treatment of pneumonia depends on:
- Type of pneumonia
- Severity of symptoms
- Other factors
Common methods of treatment include:
- Rest and fluids
- Antiviral medicines—may be prescribed for young children and patients with weakened immune systems
- Note: Antibiotics are ineffective for treating viral pneumonia
- Over-the-counter medicines to reduce fever and aches, and soothe cough
- Hospitalization, for people with very severe symptoms
It is very important to take the medicine as prescribed. Stopping medicine early may cause a relapse. It may also create a strain of drug resistant bacteria.
If you are diagnosed with pneumonia, follow your doctor's instructions .
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