Aspiration Pneumonia Treatment
The treatment for aspiration pneumonia depends on whether the aspirated fluid came from the mouth or from the stomach. Aspiration of stomach contents may not require treatment with antibiotics, while aspiration of saliva does require antibiotics. Treatment for aspiration pneumonia may include inhaled bronchodilators for wheezing. Those who have difficulty breathing may require hospitalization for oxygen therapy, and some may require admission to the intensive care unit. If a person has a foreign body in the lung, then bronchoscopy will be required to remove the object. During bronchoscopy, the doctor places a flexible fiberoptic scope through mouth and into the lungs, in order to examine the air passageways.
Treatment for aspiration pneumonia may include:
Aspiration Pneumonia Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for upper respiratory infections and bronchitis?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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