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CF Foundation Recommends Against Using Peppermint Oil in Nebulizer

May 5, 2014

Some members of the CF community have raised questions about the effectiveness of using peppermint oil in their nebulizers, based on a study presented at an Intel-sponsored student science fair.

A teenager at the fair performed an in vitro study and found that peppermint oil had a comparable effect on Pseudomonas as the comparison antibiotic, tetracycline.

While small doses of peppermint oil taken orally appear to be safe, there is no data suggesting peppermint oil is safe when taken by nebulizer and it may cause a form of pneumonia (lipoid pneumonia).

The CF Foundation strongly recommends against using peppermint oil with nebulizer therapy. For more information, please contact your care center.

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