Once a diagnosis of Pneumonia has been made by a healthcare professional, treatment will begin. As there are multiple classifications of Pneumonia, treatment plans will vary from patient to patient, depending on what has been diagnosed. Treatment will also depend on age, as Pneumonia infections are more serious and a larger threat to both the elderly and the very young. The most important aspect of recovery is to follow physician instructions carefully and fully, as the infection may not fully heal or can come back if adequate treatment has not taken place.
If a doctor suspects bacterial Pneumonia they will often prescribe antibiotics as treatment. While viruses do not respond to antibiotic medication, it has proven an effective measure against bacteria. Unfortunately, it may take time to identify the type of bacteria causing the patients pneumonia and for the physician to choose the best antibiotic to treat it. If symptoms don't improve, the doctor may recommend a different course of antibiotics as treatment. Symptoms should begin to dissipate within days of treatment, as long as the physician’s instructions are carefully followed. It is important not to end treatment before the end of the dose, it could cause the bacteria to not fully be eradicated and may cause antibiotic resistance.