It’s your body. Your symptoms. That means that the absolute best person to take charge of your healthcare—is you. Make sure you understand your doctor’s instructions to help with your care.
Because liver function is changed while consuming alcohol, you might be putting yourself at greater risk overall. Generally, anything more than moderate drinking can be harmful to your health.1
Patients with immune problems already have a greater risk for lung damage over a period of time. When you have problems with infections in your nose, sinuses, or lungs, or frequent pneumonias, your lungs may have chronic or long-term changes from the bacteria or viruses causing the damage. Smoking puts you at greater risk for more problems as you get older.
Effective documentation and communication with your healthcare team is an important part of managing your PI. One way to help your team see how things are going is to keep a health diary. Here, you can track your treatments, illnesses you've had, symptoms you may be experiencing, details about your treatment, and other health information. Share your diary with your healthcare team so they can determine how your PI management is going and if any adjustments need to be made.
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