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Fungal Lung Infection Overview

What is a fungal lung infection?
Fungal pneumonia is caused by overgrowth of the fungi in the lungs. Fungal lung infections are usually only seen in those with a poorly functioning immune system, such as those with AIDS. Fungi are plant-like organisms that do not make chlorophyll. Common examples include mushrooms, yeasts, and molds. Fungi are normally present on the skin. Examples of infections that are caused by fungi include histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, cryptococcal pneumonia, coccidioidomycosis, and aspergillosis.

What are the symptoms of a fungal lung infection?
Symptoms of a fungal lung infection depend on the underlying cause. Fungal lung infection can cause cough, fatigue, and fever. Other symptoms include joint pains, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. The fungus can spread from the lungs to the skin, where it causes a rash and forms ulcers.

How does the doctor treat a fungal lung infection?
Treatment for a fungal lung infection includes antifungal medications.

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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