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Having cystic fibrosis would it be unsafe to travel to a third world country ?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If a child has minimal symptoms from his cf, he might be fine.
He will have more trouble getting medical care in a third world country if he becomes ill, however. The more complicated the CF is, the more risky such a trip would be.

In brief: Depends

If a child has minimal symptoms from his cf, he might be fine.
He will have more trouble getting medical care in a third world country if he becomes ill, however. The more complicated the CF is, the more risky such a trip would be.
Dr. Janesta Noland
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: A big "it depends"

Well, there is third world and there is "third world".
Obviously with CF there is a big risk of becoming colonized with new bacteria, and that exposure is much greater there than here. That said, if your pulmonologist is cool with it, it's probably ok. A lot depends on your degree of lung function, how long you're going to stay there, and how much contact there will be. Tb is a big risk.

In brief: A big "it depends"

Well, there is third world and there is "third world".
Obviously with CF there is a big risk of becoming colonized with new bacteria, and that exposure is much greater there than here. That said, if your pulmonologist is cool with it, it's probably ok. A lot depends on your degree of lung function, how long you're going to stay there, and how much contact there will be. Tb is a big risk.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Hindi Mermelstein
Travel especailly to places where the risk of infection if high and the quality of medical care is variable is always a challenge to persons with chronic medical illness such as CF. You and your doctor need to decide what makes sense and what is possible ( and if your decide to go what precautions and special considerations are advisable). Good luck and happy trails
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Avoid smoke exposure

Exposure to infections and smoke ( from cigarettes or open fires used to cook ) may worsen CF lung disease.
Many CF patients travel with appropriate precautions, vaccines and avoiding situations that may lead to a CF complication. Taking your CF medications, nebulizer and adhering to your medical regimen and chest pt will help you have a good trip.

In brief: Avoid smoke exposure

Exposure to infections and smoke ( from cigarettes or open fires used to cook ) may worsen CF lung disease.
Many CF patients travel with appropriate precautions, vaccines and avoiding situations that may lead to a CF complication. Taking your CF medications, nebulizer and adhering to your medical regimen and chest pt will help you have a good trip.
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