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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How to treat pneumonia in elders?

hello My father is eighty three years old suffering from pneumonia presently and undergoing antibiotic treatment at home since last 5/6 days. initially he was having high fever and heavy cough. but last 3/4 days no fever althouh cough still persists but dry not like initial cough. no chest pain at any point of time. Is he needed to be hospitalised or continued antibiotic treatment at home will do?
Fri, 5 Sep 2014
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Although he feels better, he should complete the antibiotics for minimum period of five days. If he has dry cough now you can change the cough syrup from expectorent to cough suppressant (if the cough is more). If he is generally doing well hospitalization is not required. If he feels sick, seek the medical attention.

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