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Can viral pneumonia be cured?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usually Resolves

A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course.
Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx.If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process.

In brief: Usually Resolves

A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course.
Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx.If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Walsh
Unless the viral pneumonia is influenza, for which we have specific treatments - although most patients present for treatment after the main benefit has passed.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tend to get better

Typically gets better on its own.
Most viral pneumonia's do not have specific treatments. There are some exceptions, pneumonia due to the flu can be treated with drugs like tamiflu, (oseltamivir) when treatment is initiated within 48 hrs of symptom onset. By an large however viral infections do not have specific treatments.

In brief: Tend to get better

Typically gets better on its own.
Most viral pneumonia's do not have specific treatments. There are some exceptions, pneumonia due to the flu can be treated with drugs like tamiflu, (oseltamivir) when treatment is initiated within 48 hrs of symptom onset. By an large however viral infections do not have specific treatments.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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