Pulmonary edema is almost always treated in the emergency room or hospital. You may need to be in an intensive care unit (ICU).
Oxygen is given through a face mask or tiny plastic tubes are placed in the nose.
A breathing tube may be placed into the windpipe (trachea) so you can be connected to a breathing machine (ventilator) if you cannot breathe well on your own.
The cause of edema should be identified and treated quickly. For example, if a heart attack has caused the condition, it must be treated right away.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics that remove excess fluid from the body
Medicines that strengthen the heart muscle, control the heartbeat, or relieve pressure on the heart