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Health Tip: Treating Pneumonia

Some general suggestions

(HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, and can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Pneumonia can range from mild to severe, and treatment should vary accordingly, depending on a person's age and overall health.

While a person with pneumonia should always see a doctor, the U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these general guidelines:

  • Someone with bacterial pneumonia may be treated with antibiotics, which are not effective against viral pneumonia.
  • Some people with severe pneumonia -- notably the elderly, children and others with weaker immune systems -- may be hospitalized to receive antibiotic and oxygen therapy.
  • Be sure to drink lots of fluids while you're recovering.
  • Get lots of rest, and have someone help you with chores and other tasks.
  • Keep your fever under control with acetaminophen or aspirin. But never give aspirin to children.
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