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Treatments for Pneumonia

The goal of treatment is to:

  • Destroy the germs that caused the infection
  • Maintain adequate oxygenation
  • Relieve symptoms, such as shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, or fever
  • Avoid complications

Pneumonia treatment includes:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.

Revision Information

  • Community-acquired pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 25, 2013. Accessed April 3, 2013.

  • Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 18, 2013. Accessed April 3, 2013.

  • Diagnosing and treating pneumonia. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/pneumonia/diagnosing-and-treating.html. Accessed October 3, 2012.

  • How is pneumonia treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu. Updated March 1, 2011. Accessed February 14, 2014.