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How can you prevent getting nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease again?

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Once you treat your NTM lung disease, you can take steps to prevent another infection. These bacteria are often found in water or moist places, so take these easy steps:

  • Avoid hot tubs or spas. If you have a hot tub, make sure it’s outside your house.
  • Don’t use unfiltered tap water in room humidifiers or CPAP machines for sleep apnea.
  • Install a water filtration system in your home.
  • Don’t take long, hot showers.
  • Boil tap water before you drink it.

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease.”

Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases : “Diagnosis and Treatment of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease: Clinicians' Perspectives.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating NTM Pulmonary Disease.”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine : “An Official ATS/IDSA Statement: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : “Recommendations on Prophylaxis and Therapy for Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex for Adults and Adolescents Infected With Human Immunodeficiency Virus.”

American Thoracic Society: “Palliative Care for People With Respiratory Disease or Critical Illness.”

UpToDate: “Treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex lung infection in adultsTreatment of Myobacterium avium lung infection in adults,” “Myobacterium avium complex (MAC) in HIV-infected patients.”complex (MAC) infections in HIV-infected patients."

NTM Info & Research: “Currently Recruiting.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 02, 2017

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease.”

Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases : “Diagnosis and Treatment of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease: Clinicians' Perspectives.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating NTM Pulmonary Disease.”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine : “An Official ATS/IDSA Statement: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : “Recommendations on Prophylaxis and Therapy for Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex for Adults and Adolescents Infected With Human Immunodeficiency Virus.”

American Thoracic Society: “Palliative Care for People With Respiratory Disease or Critical Illness.”

UpToDate: “Treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex lung infection in adultsTreatment of Myobacterium avium lung infection in adults,” “Myobacterium avium complex (MAC) in HIV-infected patients.”complex (MAC) infections in HIV-infected patients."

NTM Info & Research: “Currently Recruiting.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 02, 2017

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