How is pneumonia treated?
Depending on the type of pneumonia you have and how severe it is, and if you have other chronic diseases, treatment varies. The goals of pneumonia treatment are to cure the infection and prevent complications. Most people can be treated for pneumonia at home with the following steps:
- Drink plenty of fluids to help loosen secretions and bring up phlegm
- Do not take cough medicines without consulting your physician; coughing is one way your body works to get rid of an infection. If coughing is preventing you from getting the rest you need, ask your physician about steps to take to get relief
- Control your fever with aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or acetaminophen
If your pneumonia becomes so severe that you are treated in the hospital, you may receive fluids and antibiotics in your veins, oxygen therapy and possibly breathing treatments.