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The treatment for legionella tends to be either by way of heat or through the use of chemicals. Both are very effective but the use of chemicals in a potable water supply has its own problems, and tends to be a much longer process.

Legionella treatment in an internal water system using heat often involves increasing the temperature of the input of the water such as a boiler to a high level. The temperature will be so high that the legionella that is present cannot survive and it is killed off. After any treatment for legionella it is important that tanks and valves that have been contaminated are now free of legionella, and test sare performed again to ensure this is the case.

Legionella treatment also involves the cleaning or replacement of tanks that have corroded or otherwise been compromised with rust, limescale, sludge, and other organic materials.

Legionnaires Disease Treatment

The treatment of Legionnaires Disease generally starts with admittance to hospital and the commencement of antibiotics. These may be given intravenously to ensure they go directly into the blood stream to speed up the treatment process. Around 10 to 14 days of antibiotics will most likely be needed to ensure the Legionnaires Disease has been fully treated, and a common antibiotic to use is erythromycin although others are used and sometimes a combination is required.

It is important in the treatment of Legionnaires Disease that the patient in well hydrated and has enough oxygen. Both can be provided to assist the patient in their recovery.

If the case of Legionnaires Disease is more serious, treatment may be carried out in intensive care where assistance with ventilation is given