General management

December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supplement 4, Vol. 56, piv35
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the general management strategy that should be offered to patients with community acquired pneumonia (CAP). Patients with CAP may present with fever, cough, sputum production or pleuritic pain and usually have localised signs on chest examination. They should be advised to rest and avoid srnoking and, especially when febrile, be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids. It is important to relieve pleuritic pain using simple analgesia such as paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


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