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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is pneumocystis?

Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a serious infection caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. It's most common in people with medical conditions that weaken the immune system, like HIV/AIDS, or take immune suppressors.

Symptoms related to pneumocystis

  • Dry cough

  • Fever

  • Feeling breathless

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • Waking up at night with difficulty in breathing

  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pneumocystis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pneumocystis

  • Do you have a dry cough?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for pneumocystis

Treatment involves antibiotics and those at risk may be given antibiotics to prevent infection.

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