Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Streptococcus Pneumonia Treatment

Treatment for streptococcus pneumonia depends on the severity of the infection and the general health of the patient. Key factors include the age of the patient, the presence of underlying lung disease, and if the pneumonia is affecting one or both lungs. Patients who have a poorly functioning immune system, such as diabetes or HIV-AIDS will require more aggressive therapy in the hospital. Young healthy patients may be treated at home with antibiotics and followed up in the doctor's office to check on progress.

Treatment for streptococcus pneumonia usually includes rest, antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control.

Specific treatment for streptococcus pneumonia may include:


Treatment for severe streptococcal pneumonia may also include:

For more information:

Streptococcus Pneumonia Drugs

Streptococcus Pneumonia Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of streptococcus pneumonia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • 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?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need respiratory therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having streptococcus pneumonia again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Streptococcus Pneumonia Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat streptococcus pneumonia:

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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