Which Antibiotics Work Best For Pneumonia?

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Alternative Names

Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral


Antibiotics do not treat viral pneumonia. Medication only works against influenza pneumonia. These medications are called antivirals.

Treatment may also involve:

  • Increased fluids
  • Oxygen
  • Use of humidified air

A hospital stay may be necessary to prevent dehydration and to help with breathing if the infection is serious.

You are more likely to be admitted to the hospital if you:

  • Are older than 65 years or a young child
  • Are unable to...
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