What are the options for acute management of viral pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Acute care may involve use of the following:

  • Oxygen, if the patient is dyspneic

  • Beta-agonists, if bronchospasm is present

  • Fluids, if dehydration is present

  • Acyclovir, if varicella or herpes pneumonia is suspected

  • Respiratory isolation

  • Antibiotics, if infiltrate is seen on the chest radiograph

  • Mechanical ventilation if respiratory failure is present or impending


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