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What's the treatment for Legionnaires' disease?

The goal of treatment for Legionnaires' disease is to eliminate the infection with antibiotics. Treatment is started as soon as

Legionnaire's disease is suspected, without waiting for confirmation by culture results. Most cases of Legionella pneumonia show improvement within 12-48 hours of starting antibiotic therapy. The antibiotic of choice has been erythromycin, sometimes paired with a second antibiotic, rifampin. Tetracycline, alone or with rifampin, is also used to treat Legionnaires' disease, but has had more mixed success in comparison to erythromycin. Other antibiotics that have been used successfully to combat Legionella include doxycycline, clarithromycin, fluorinated quinolones, and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. The type of antibiotic prescribed by the doctor depends on several factors including the severity of infection, potential allergies, and interaction with previously prescribed drugs. For example, erythromycin interacts with warfarin, a blood thinner. upportive treatment includes hospitalization for fluid and electrolyte replacement and oxygen administration by mask or by mechanical ventilation, if the respiratory system becomes severely compromised by the infection.
 

More information on Legionnaires' disease

What is Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments.
What causes Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling Legionella bacteria from the environment. The bacteria are dispersed in aerosols of contaminated water.
How is Legionnaires' disease transmitted? - Most people contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling mist that comes from a water source contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
What're the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease? - The early symptoms of legionellosis may be flu-like with muscle aches, headaches, tiredness and a dry cough followed by a fever.
How is Legionnaires' disease diagnosed? - The diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures.
What's the treatment for Legionnaires' disease? - The goal of treatment for Legionnaires' disease is to eliminate the infection with antibiotics. Treatment is started as soon as Legionnaire's disease is suspected.
How to prevent Legionnaires' disease? - People with compromised immune systems are at high risk for Legionnaires' disease. Vaccinations are being developed for use in high risk individuals.
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