Actinomycosis - pulmonary
The goal of treatment is to cure the infection. However, many patients take a long time to get better. To be cured, you may need to receive penicillin through a vein (intravenously) for 4 - 6 weeks, followed by several months of penicillin by mouth. Some people need up to 18 months of treatment.
If you cannot take penicillin, other antibiotics are available. These include tetracyclines, macrolides, or clindamycin.
Surgery may be needed to drain fluid from the lungs and control the infection.
Most people get better after treatment with antibiotics.
Call your health care provider if:
Brook I. Actinomycosis. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 350.
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