How can viral and bacterial pneumonia be treated?
would require prescription for medication
Pneumonia is most commonly either viral or bacterial.
It is more common (though can occur in other age groups) in children or older persons unless the immune system is compromised in some way.
Though not common at your age, it is possible.
Bacterial pneumonia would require antibiotics for treatment which would require a prescription from your doctor.
Viral pneumonia and bacterial pneumonia present in a similar way, the main differences found in studies were less chest pain and rigors with viral.
Diagnosis is made from swabs from the nose, sputum analysis, washing of the nasal/throat for secretions.
Viral pneumonia is treated with anti viral medication which are also prescribed.
If you have a wet cough ,viral bronchitis can also cause a productive persistent cough. This is treated with mucolytics (medication to break up mucus) and other cough and cold meds.
Eg of mucolytics are mucomyst, guaifenesin (usually found in robotussin), bisolvan
Using one of these with your cough and cold med would help along with using enough fluids to break up the mucus.
I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
mucolytic, fluids ,rest, pain/fever meds, cough suppressant
With fever, aches and pain, wet cough, it is possible that you have the flu (influenza).
The flu can cause pneumonia though most do not go this far.
(1)The mucolytics mentioned would help bring out the mucus from your chest, unfortunately some persons may have a worse cough initially as it tries to come out.
(2) the pain/fever medication continued
Add tylenol (acetaminophen) to the nurofen (ibuprofen). Because they are from different drug families and do not interact, they would work together to decrease the fever and pain
(3)fluids and rest are very important
(4)cough suppressant- this may decrease coughing out the mucus but would help reduce the chest pain
Dextromethorphan is the cough suppressant used.
Found on its own (delsym) or in combination with other meds (eg decongestants or anti histamines)
The combination may be best for you
If you try home treatment and there is no improvement or your symptoms worsen then you should see a doctor
Please feel free to ask anything else
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