Yeast Infection in Lungs

Hi All. Just before Thanksgiving I got really ill. Started out with cough and difficulty breathing. Doctor (pulmonary specialist) put me on antibiotics and after 7 days I was worse. He changed antibiotics and those didn't seem to have an affect either. On December 1, I went to the hospital so the doc could do a brochoscopic "lung wash" to clean out my lungs. The mucus build up in my lungs was so severe and tight that my lungs wheezing sounded like a suffocating whale! What my doc discovered was that I had a yeast infection in my lungs!!! He started me on Sporonox plus the continuation of the antibiotics. Within a few days I started feeling much better. Lab results later confirmed the yeast spores. This was my 4th lung wash. Has anyone else had the bronch lung wash? Has anyone else gotten a yeast infection in their lungs? I hate the procedure itself but once he is finished it is amazing how much better I can breath -- until the build-up starts again.

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Kath,
I have not had anything like you describe, however my Sarcoidosis primarily affects the nervous system. I do know though that it can be incredibly hard to treat a yeast infection outside the body much less inside. Did they tell you that you might be on the Sporonox on and off for a year? That is how it is if you have a fungal infection of the nail. I suppose though that when they do the bronchoscopy they also wash the linings of the lung with the sporonex. That might help it heal faster
God Bless you with healthier days
imanurse

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I have never had a yeast infection in my lungs, but I did have it in my mouth. My doc said that it was normal for a person who has sarciodosis. He gave me an anti-biotic for 1 month and it cleard up.

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Hi Kath,
I'm sorry you have had so much trouble with your lungs. I too have Sarcoid in my lungs, but I have never heard of yeast in the lungs. Tell me how they do a "lung wash". That sounds painful! Thanks, Terri Vincent

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HI, I just found out I have Thrush in my mouth which can go into the lungs. I have been on steroids for 4 months and my immune system is shot. I am a Home Health aide and I am around sick people so I am worried about gettting other infections. I have to rinse my mouth with a medication for 10 days. I am starting to worry if it is in my lungs because now I am starting to cough again. I am also curious as to how they do a lung wash. I had a lung biopsy done in Sept. where they wash some of the cells with saline but I never heard of a lung wash. It is amazing that we all go through so much of the same things but yet we each have different funky things happening. I went to a neuro because I have pressure behind my eye and pressure in my cheeks. My PCP did not send me. I went on my own. The neuro is going to check to see if there is neurosarcoidosis. Every day is like fighting the flu. It is a daily battle just to function and not give into depression. I hope you feel better and get through this. Take care, Cathy

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The medical terminology for the "lung wash" is bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). The procedure is similar to a bronchoscopy with a small tube/camera being inserted through the nasal passage and down the bronc tube. There is also another small tube that carries a sterile saline wash that is squirted into the bronch areas and suctioned out. I have always remained awake during the procedure and as the saline is flushing my lungs, I am continually coughing and there is a suction machine taking all the fluid and gunk back out. It is a bit uncomfortable but the drugs they give me for the procedure do a good job of preventing me from remembering the details.

My lungs tend to get a lot of mucus build up in them and they get tight and wheezy. Having this procedure done clears alot of the mucus and it never ceases to amaze me at how clear my lungs feel when I am done with the procedure and how good it feels to just breath. I relate it to feeling like you have been breathing with your head buried under the covers and now the covers have been pulled away and you feel the difference in the quality of air as it is not as stiffling as what you were breathing under the covers. (Even more noticable if someone has passed gas and held your head under the covers before allowing you that breath of fresh air!)

Kath

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Please read my post listed under "triggers" section on main page. should you have any questions, please respond. "Mold Exposure and Sarcodosis)

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