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MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Oct 8, 2019 | Replies (48)

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Kathy – Both my pulmonologist and my ID doc keep stressing that MAC is EVERYWHERE. That there is no way to completely avoid it short of living in a sterile bubble. Just be sensible & don't inhale the water. I can't even tell you "just shower afterwards" – it could just as easily be in the tap water.
Another friend was told to stay out of her yard because MAC was there – I asked her what air she breathed in her house and car? Same ID doc told me I can even garden, just wear gloves and also an N95 mask if handling potting soil or mulch, or if it's dusty where I'm working. Remove clothes and shower afterward. I have been doing that for years anyway because I have dust and pollen allergies. Just means a little more laundry as I wash the garden clothes & gloves every time I wear them, instead of waiting until they are really filthy like I used to… Also, if wearing an N95 mask, remember it is only effective for 4-6 hours, depending on what you read, or until you get it wet.

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hi Sueinmn…I have never read this info before…would u mind showing the web site..I use my mask 1/2 hr at a time while gardening, bathing cutting grass etc…use until it starts to look a little dirty…tks

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