4 Common Misconceptions About Cystic Fibrosis

According to the New York Times, “good decisions start with accurate information.” Here are four of the most common misconceptions non-patients have about cystic fibrosis.

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1. Cystic fibrosis can be contagious.

Some people are afraid they’ll catch cystic fibrosis if they are in contact with a patient, but it’s impossible. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that’s inherited from both parents. Cystic fibrosis patients cannot transmit the disease to others.

Learn what not to say to someone living with the disease here.

One comment

  1. Julie Cecerle says:

    Great article! When I first read the title I remebered a misconception of friends or family members, since I was too young to correctly explain my disease. When I tried to explain that bacteria, growing in wet and humid places, can be very dangerous for cystic fibrosis patients, they often misunderstood what I was explaining and thought I was simply allergic to water. Even though there are people actually being allergic to water, which is obviously something very hard to handle, I like to remember this misconception, because not many people know about CF and it can be very difficult to explain CF in only some sentences.

    Best wishes, Julie

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