What Is the Treatment for Pneumonia?

Treatment for pneumonia depends on the type of pneumonia that you have.


Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. The type of antibiotics your doctor may choose depends on the bacteria causing the infection. (Sepsis and Bacterial Infections) If you are given a prescription for antibiotics, it is essential that you finish all the medication, even if you start to feel better. You will begin to feel more like yourself before the infection is completely gone and if you stop taking the medications before the infection disappears, you could get a more serious pneumonia that can’t be treated as easily.


Viral pneumonia can’t be treated with antibiotics; they will not do any good. (Sepsis and Viral Infections) In general, there isn’t much that can be done for viral pneumonia other than advising that you rest and take in plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. In some cases, doctors may prescribe an anti-viral medication, but this is not common.


Fungal pneumonia is treated with medications called anti-fungals. (Sepsis and Fungal Infections)

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