Early-stage lung abscess is marked by symptoms such as fever, chills, cough with purulent sputum, fullness, and discomfort in the chest, and a rapid pulse. The treatment principles are to clear heat, resolve toxicity, and relieve cough.
In the suppurative stage, the person experiences less fever, but an increase in cough, chest discomfort, and purulent sputum. The treatment principles are to drain pus, clear heat, and resolve toxicity.
In the rupture stage, the abscess ruptures and pus flows into the bronchi and pleural cavity. The person may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, and bloody sputum. The treatment principles are to drain pus, clear heat, resolve toxicity, and stop bleeding.
In the convalescent stage, the abscess has been resolved and the person is in recovery. The treatment principles are to nourish the Lungs, tonify the qi, and strengthen the immune system to prevent relapse.
Chinese medicine treatment for lung abscess should be used alongside appropriate western medical treatment.