Managing Colds

To prevent the spread of colds, wash hands often, ideally with an alcohol-based rinse, or with soap and water with scrubbing for at least 30 seconds.  Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people and the surfaces you touch. Frequently clean surfaces with soap and water or an antiseptic cleanser such as Lysol.

If cold symptoms do occur, here are some tips that will help in managing the CF patient with a cold.

  • Increase airway clearance.   If airway clearance is usually done twice each day, increase to 3-4 times per day.
  • If any inhaled medications are on an as needed basis, such as Hypersal 7%, start using them now.
  • Call your primary care doctor
  • Call the CF clinic if symptoms persist for 3 days or more and are not clearly improved. Call sooner if there is fever, chest pain, blood in the sputum, increased difficulty breathing, fatigue, changes in baseline symptoms or the cough interrupts sleep.  If in doubt always call.
  • Take care of yourself. REST and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Make sure neb cups are being cleaned and disinfected as instructed.
  • Wash your hands often and dispose of soiled tissues in the trash.