The goal of treatment is to:

  • Destroy the germs that caused the infection
  • Maintain adequate oxygenation
  • Relieve symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, etc.
  • Avoid complications

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.

Revision Information

  • Pneumonia symptoms diagnosis and treatment. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/pneumonia/symptoms-diagnosis-and.html . Accessed October 3, 2012.

  • Pneumonia. National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu . Updated March 1, 2011. Accessed October 3, 2012.

  • Pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012.

  • Pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012.