Other Tips

This is not meant as an endorsement, but the following products have been reported as helpful by members of our support groups. Consult your physician.

Some patients have reported that certain exercise techniques such as Qi Jong help with airway clearance due to their focus on breathing technique and movement. This or another form of gentle exercise may be of benefit to you, so you may want to look into available classes, or lessons available through dedicated television channels or online.

Biotene toothpaste/mouthwash/gum/moisturizing gel for dry mouth. These can be found at Wal-Mart, Costco, most drug stores, and other retailers. Biotene is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

Probiotics (including acidophilus) help you tolerate the antibiotic regimen and prevent yeast overgrowth as well as gastrointestinal upset. Click here for more about using probiotics.

Ginger or ginger snaps may also help with gastrointestinal soothing.

Nutritional supplements such as Ensure® or Boost® for added nutrition.

Nasal wash products: NeilMed Sinus Rinse® products: www.neilmed.com.

Patients are often advised to limit contact with water vapor and dusts that often harbor mycobacteria. Click here for more information on reducing exposure.

There is a rubber sleeve that fits over a PICC line during showers and keeps the area completely dry. It works by allowing the patient to pump air out of the sleeve, keeping it air-tight. Prices generally range from $35 to $40, depending on size.

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