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10 Tips for Recovery After Lung Transplant for Cystic Fibrosis

Work to prevent infection

4. Work to prevent infection

Because you will be on immunosuppressive medication for the rest of your life, it will be important that you keep infectious agents away from you before your immune system has to step in and fight them off.

Increase your personal hygiene. Bathe or shower more frequently. Wash fabric that touches you, such as clothes, towels, and bed sheets, more often than before.

Wash your hands regularly, not just when they are physically dirty. Make sure to wash your hands very thoroughly after using the toilet, before preparing food, and after handling soil or animals.

Pay extra attention to minor cuts and scrapes. Each one is a potential danger, so treat them with seriousness. Clean the area with warm water, dry it, then apply a sterile bandage.

Avoid people infected with communicable diseases such as the flu. This may mean avoiding large groups of people, as you never know if any of them are infected.