Health Tip: Treating Pneumonia
Oct. 31 -- (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.