Pneumocystis Pneumonia Overview
What is pneumocystis pneumonia?
A person with Pneumocystis pneumonia has inflammation of the lung, caused by an infection with Pneumocystis carinii. Pneumocystis pneumonia occurs most commonly in people with illnesses that result in a weak immune system, such as AIDS. About 30 percent of people with AIDS develop pneumocystis pneumonia.
What are the symptoms of pneumocystis pneumonia?
Symptoms of Pneumocystis pneumonia include cough, fever, chest pain, chills, fatigue, excessive sweating at night, weakness, and weight loss. Symptoms of severe Pneumocystis pneumonia include cyanosis and severe difficulty breathing.
How does the doctor treat pneumocystis pneumonia?
Treatment for Pneumocystis pneumonia includes rest, antibiotics, bronchodilator medications for wheezing, cough suppressants, and oxygen therapy.
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