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I Have Cystic Fibrosis and I'm Sick. Do I Need to See a Doctor?

If you have the following signs and symptoms, or a combination of symptoms, please call to be seen by a member of our CF team.

  • Fevers of 100.4 or higher in the past two weeks
  • Fatigue or being more tired than normal for more than two weeks
  • Missing significant amounts of work or school during the past two weeks
  • Poor appetite during the past two weeks
  • Weight loss or poor weight gain compared to the last clinic visit
  • Increased coughing
    • Frequency
    • Duration
    • Intensity
  • Major change in sputum
    • New onset
    • Increased sputum
    • Change in consistency
    • Change in chest congestion
  • Worsening shortness of breath at rest
  • Increased work of breathing or respiratory rate
  • New or increased hemoptysis (coughing up blood)

If you have any of these symptoms, increase your airway clearance treatments to four times a day. Ask your CF care team if you should increase your breathing medications.

If you feel you need to be admitted to the hospital, please call for an appointment. You must be seen by a physician before admission. Call (208) 381-7092 during regular business hours or (208) 514-2525 after hours.