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Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP) is a serious fungal infection which causes the lungs to inflame and build up fluid. Most are exposed to this fungus by the age of 3 or 4 and a healthy immune system is strong enough to easily fight off an infection from this exposure. However, individuals with a weakened immune system, such as those with HIV/AIDS, will likely suffer from PCP.


  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath, especially due to activity
  • Rapid breathing
  • Exhaustion
  • Major, unintentional weight loss
  • Chest pain when you breathe


You can contact Dr. Mike Czarnecki, “The Lung Doc”, immediately if you have HIV/AIDS and are experiencing any of these symptoms. PCP is highly curable; however, if left untreated, it can be fatal. Dr. Mike is trained in many areas of pulmonary care including pneumocystis pneumonia and is here to discuss the best treatment options to meet your personal needs.

Please call our office at (423) 710-3864 to schedule an appointment, or conveniently request an appointment online.