If you have developed pneumonia, your treatment will be based on the kind of pneumonia you have, how serious it is as well as your health in general.
Your doctor or medical consultant can prescribe a medication to aid in treating of your pneumonia. What your doctor prescribes will be based on the actual cause of your infection.
However, oral antibiotics can be used to treat most cases of bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotic medications do not have effect on viruses ans in certain situations, your doctor or medical consultant could prescribe for you an antiviral. Although, so many situations of viral pneumonia go on their own with at home care.
Also, antifungal medications can be used to fight fungal pneumonia.
At home care
Your doctor or medical consultant could also recommend over the ounter medication to reduce your pain and fever. These over the counter medications can include; aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Your doctor might recommend also, cough syrup or tablets to reduce your coughing.
You can also improve your recovery and prevent a another infection by having enough rest and drinking plenty of liquids.
If your symptoms are found to be very serious or you have certain other health issues, you might be admitted into a hospital. At the hospital, doctors can monitor your heart rate, temperature and breathing. Hospital treatment may include:
● Intravenous antibiotics injected into a vein
● Respiratory therapy, which involves delivering specific medications directly into the lungs or teaching you to perform breathing exercises to maximize your oxygenation
● Oxygen therapy to maintain oxygen levels in your bloodstream (which is received through a nasal tube, face mask, or ventilator, depending on severity)
Risk factors of pneumonia
Anybody can develop pneumonia, but some groups do have an increased risk. They include:
● Infants from birth to two years old
● Individuals ages 65 years and older
● Individuals with weakened immune systems because of disease or use of medications like as steroids or certain cancer drugs
● Individuals with some chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes or heart failure
● Individuals who have recently had a respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
● Individuals who have been recently or are currently hospitalized, particularly if they were or are on a ventilator
● Individuals who have had a stroke, have problems swallowing, or have a condition that causes immobility
● Individuals who smoke, use certain types of drugs, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol
● Individuals who have been exposed to lung irritants, such as pollution, fumes and certain chemicals
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