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How do you treat a lung infection?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Type of infection?: Really depends on the type of infection. 1: virus infection : usually do nothing (there are exceptions) 2: bacteria : antibiotics (choice depends on the type of bacteria) 3: fungus : depends on type of fungus, but you use anti-fungal medicines.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Pneumonia?: If you are referring to bacterial pneumonia, treated with antibiotics. It depends on the presentation of the patient, ongoing medical problems, clinical exam, and x-ray. If viral pneumonia say in the peak flu season, we may try antibiotics but may just need supportive care, such as fluids, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and rest. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Usually antibiotics: Most lung infections that are causes by bacteria and fungi are treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonias may require speciific antiviral medications.If severe.Sometimes patients have to be hospitalized depending on patient's age and severity of process.Supplemental respiratory therapy and oxygen may be necessary.If pleural effusion accompanies infection may be removed by chest tube or thoroscopy.

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A 48-year-old female asked:

What is lung infection?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 26 years experience
Several types: Ok..Lung infections can be of the membranes covering the lung (pleura..Pleuracy). Infection of the bronchus...Bronchitis. Infection of the actual alveoli..Pneumonia or alveolitis.

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