Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is an infection in your lungs. It causes an inflammation of the air sacs of your lung. It results to difficulty in breathing. The infection is cause by a fungus “Pneumocystis jirovecii”.
This condition can affect anyone. But mostly, it affects children under 2 year’s old and older adult. It is difficult to treat and prevent. An early detection with treatment can lessen the case to become severe.
PCP can be fatal. It can lead to serious problem, if left untreated. A weak immune system can trigger the disease to develop. But there’s a medication available in treating this kind of disease.
The symptoms of PCP include:
The listed below are some possible sources of the infection.
RISK AND PREVENTION
WHO GETS PCP?
The following are the people at risk of developing the condition.
HOW CAN I PREVENT PCP?
Aside from taking a vaccine. There’s a lot more you can do to prevent PCP such as:
In diagnosing PCP, your doctor will conduct an exam first. He will ask you about your symptoms, and medical history. Then he might perform a physical test. Using a stethoscope and a Chest X-ray. The doctor can confirm your diagnosis with this test.
In severe cases, your doctor might suggest you undergo the following test:
The above-said test can help the doctor in diagnosing your condition.
The treatment for PCP includes:
This condition must treat with a prescribed medication. If this disease left untreated it can cause death.