Atypical pneumonia - Treatment
Walking pneumonia; Chlamydophila pneumoniae; Community-acquired pneumonia - atypical
Take these steps at home:
Antibiotics are used to treat atypical pneumonia.
Antibiotics used to treat atypical pneumonia include:
Most patients with pneumonia due to mycoplasma or chlamydophila do well with the right antibiotic therapy. P.Legionella can be severe, leading to problems such as kidney failure, diabetes, COPD, a weak immune system, and death.
- Brain and nervous system infections, such as meningitis, myelitis, and encephalitis
- Hemolytic anemia, a condition in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood because the body is destroying them
- Severe lung damage
Calling your health care provider:
Contact your health care provider if you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath. There are numerous causes for these symptoms. The doctor will need to rule out pneumonia.
- Reviewed last on: 9/15/2010
- Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Baum SG. Mycoplasma pneumoniae and atypical pneumonia. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 184.
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