Scleroderma patients are susceptible to lung infections which can often lead to hospitalization. According to the American Lung Association, there are several things you can do to help prevent lung infections.
Practice Good Hygiene
Regularly washing hands with soap and water — particularly before eating and after touching communal surfaces — will help cut down the number of germs you come in contact with. Carry an alcohol-based hand cleanser around with you for when you can’t use soap and water.
Good Dental Hygiene
The mouth is a perfect place for germs to multiply and spread, so practicing good dental hygiene will help eliminate germs. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and see your dentist regularly. Antibacterial mouthwashes can also help.
Avoid Crowds During Cold and Flu Season
While we appreciate this isn’t always possible, the more you come into contact with other people, the more likely you are to catch a cold or worse. Avoiding large crowds and people you know are sick will help prevent infections.
Speak to your doctor about getting the flu vaccination and whether or not you need a pneumonia vaccination.
If You’re Ill, Stay Home
If you become ill with a cold or cough, not matter how mild, stay home until you have recovered. Your recovery will be much quicker and you won’t be subjecting others who may have compromised health to your germs.
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