Why can't cystic fibrosis patients be near each other?

Sharing. Patients with cystic fibrosis are highly susceptible to lung infections. As a result, if they spend a lot of time together, they can readily swap infections. This is one case where you should shun your parents' otherwise good advice on sharing.
Resistance. Unfortunate experience with CF camps, dating, and support groups showed us that highly resistant bacteria (including pseudomonas aeruginosa, burkholderia cepacia, mrsa) were shared between patients. These bacteria lead to declines in lung function and complicate treatment. Burkholeria is often a contraindication to transplant. Online support groups and facebook ease the pain.

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Why can't cystic fibrosis patient be near each other?

Increased infection. I am not a pulmonary or infectious specialist so i would defer the definitive answer to those specialty physicians. My understanding is that cystic fibrosis patients have increased risk of pulmonary infection. Placing two individuals with the same increased risk together would increase their risk even more. Read more...

What happens in the body of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic Fibrosis. There is not enough space to answer this question thoroughly in this format. Check out the link below, it gives some good information on cystic fibrosis and the various systemic effects: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cystic_fibrosis. Read more...

What are the caloric needs of patient with cystic fibrosis?

CF diet/supplements. The caloric needs of a CF patient can be 20-30% higher or more than someone without cf. The use of calories for example in respiratory effort uses calories that would otherwise not be expended. Eating a high protein high calorie diet along with CF nutritional supplements will help boost caloric intake. I hope that this helps. Read more...

How does cystic fibrosis affect the patient and their family?

Many ways. This is a chronic disease that can cause a variety of consequences to the patient and their family. This is a very complicated question to be answered briefly here. Read more...

What does a typical cystic fibrosis patient look like and feel like?

Not clear. Not clear what is being asked. Are you looking for information or looking for a physician for cystic fibrosis? A starting point would be your general physician who can refer you to a specialist, if needed. Read more...

What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic fibrosis. CF is a genetic defect and at this time, it cannot be repaired. Companies such as sangamo pharmaceuticals are working on cures for mono-genetic diseases, and maybe someday a cure could become available. Read more...

Is palliative care usually covered by insurance for cystic fibrosis patients?

Should be covered. Palliative care should be covered by insurance, regardless of the underlying diseases a person has. One can call her insurance company to check. Palliative care can be really helpful when a patients diseases can no longer be improved by medical treatments. Read more...

Which medications does a cystic fibrosis patient in their mid/late teens take daily?

CF meds. Depends on overall pulmonary and GI status: if pancreatic insufficient: -pancreatic enzymes -cf vitamins lung disease: -mucolytics such as pulmozyme -albuterol-bronchodilator -chest physiotherapy to clear secretions -nebulized antibiotics if chronic psuedomonas -azithromycin if chronic pseudomonas -anti-inflammatories sometimes there are also other medications based on disease state. Read more...