Guidelines to Treat Adults with Pneumonia- or Influenza-related Acute Cough

Outpatient adults with upper and lower respiratory tract infections frequently present with acute cough as a result of pneumonia or influenza. For this study, researchers conducted a systematic search to create guidelines for treating these patients. They identify clinical symptoms that may indicate pneumonia, including pains and aches; fever, sweating, or chills; and dyspnea, and suggest chest radiography to accurately make a diagnosis. When influenza is suspected, they recommend antiviral treatment within 48 hours of symptom onset, which correlates with decreased antibiotic use, decreased hospitalization, and improved outcomes.

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