Infections

Infections

Infections are caused by tiny organisms. All germs have one thing in common: When they find a place that is good for them to live, they set up a home for themselves and multiply.

Infections People With CF Commonly Get

Certain germs commonly infect people with CF. Learn about them, how to avoid them, and how they’re treated if you get them.

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Pseudomonas

Pseudomonas aeruginosa are strains of bacteria that are widely found in the environment. Pseudomonas is a major cause of lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis. The bacteria thrive in moist environments and equipment, such as humidifiers and catheters in hospital wards, and in kitchens, bathrooms, pools, hot tubs and sinks.

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Burkholderia Cepacia Complex (B. Cepacia)

The Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia) consists of different species of bacteria that are found in the natural environment. Some of these species pose serious risks to the health of a person with cystic fibrosis.

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

Nontuberculous mycobacteria are a group of bacteria that live in soil, swamps, and water sources.

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Aspergillus and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

Aspergillus species is a fungus that often lives in the airways of children and adults with cystic fibrosis. When people develop an allergic reaction to Aspergillus, it is called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria can cause an infection on the skin and in the lungs. It is resistant to several common antibiotics. But MRSA can be treated with some antibiotics, nose drops, and other therapies.

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Influenza (the Flu)

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. For people with cystic fibrosis, getting the flu may cause a worsening of symptoms and lead to a faster decline in lung function.

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Protect Yourself Against Infections

While germs cannot be completely avoided, there are many things you can do to help reduce the risk of getting or spreading germs.

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