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The goal of treatment is to:

  • Destroy the germs that caused the infection
  • Maintain adequate oxygenation
  • Relieve symptoms, such as shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, or fever
  • Avoid complications

Pneumonia treatment includes:

Lifestyle changes
Other treatments

There are no surgical procedures for treating uncomplicated pneumonia.


Community-acquired pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated August 15, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.

Community-acquired pneumonia in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated May 17, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.

Diagnosing and treating pneumonia. American Lung Association website. Available at: Accessed October 3, 2012.

How is pneumonia treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: Updated March 1, 2011. Accessed February 14, 2014.

Last reviewed May 2016 by David L. Horn, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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