We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Fungal Pneumonia?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
TheHealthBoard is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At TheHealthBoard, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Fungal pneumonia is an infection in the lungs where fungi are the causative organism. It can be endemic in nature, indicating an infection caused by pathogenic organisms known to cause disease in healthy and sick people alike, or opportunistic, involving a fungus that normally doesn't make people sick, but will cause infection in people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients. Treatment for fungal pneumonia requires administering an appropriate antifungal medication and providing the patient with supportive care so the medication has an opportunity to work.

A common cause of fungal pneumonia in healthy people is occupational exposure. People who work around feces, in environments where a lot of fungus is present, or in facilities where fungi are used to produce products can all be at risk of fungal pneumonia. Wearing facial protection is usually advised when people will be exposed to fungus, as for example when people are clearing out a home after water damage. People can also develop fungal pneumonia as a result of something they do recreationally; cavers, for example, can get this lung infection as a result of inhaling fungus from bat guano.

In individuals who have weak immune systems, sometimes fungal pneumonia is caused by organisms that normally live on the patient and don't cause problems. In other cases, patients become infected when they are exposed to people who carry the spores. The immune system might normally fight off the spores and prevent them from multiplying, but in patients with immunocompromise, the body is defenseless and cannot stop the fungal infection.

Fungal pneumonia typically causes fever, difficulty breathing, and coughing. The patient may develop a bluish tinge at the extremities if the breathing becomes significantly impaired, limiting the supply of oxygen to the body. Immediate treatment involves giving a broad spectrum antifungal and collecting cultures of lung sputum to gather more specific information about the causative fungus. If the patient cannot breathe independently, a respirator may be used, while other patients may be given supplementary oxygen to help them breathe more comfortably.

Patients with fungal pneumonia can develop signs of damage in other organs like the heart, kidneys, and liver. If this infection is identified, the patient is carefully evaluated for complications like these so prompt treatment can be provided before they become a serious medical issue. In patients with poor immune systems, mortality rates can be as high as 90% with this infection, while relatively healthy patients have a much better prognosis and a good chance of recovery if they are provided with aggressive and timely treatment.

TheHealthBoard is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a TheHealthBoard researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By wavy58 — On Jan 09, 2013

It sounds like fungal pneumonia symptoms are the same as those of other types of pneumonia. It would be hard for someone to tell what kind of pneumonia they had without the help of a doctor. Of course, most people with pneumonia are so sick that they actually want to see a doctor.

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Read more
TheHealthBoard, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

TheHealthBoard, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.