Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Week

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How Did I Get NTM

Doctors and scientists believe that some patients become infected with NTM from inhalation of mycobacteria that become aerosolized by showers, kitchen sink sprayers, indoor pools, hot tubs, or from refrigerator ice makers.

Other Related Illnesses

In addition to illnesses such as pneumonia, pseudomonas and aspergillus infection, other diseases, called co-morbidities, may make someone susceptible to NTM lung infection.

Treatments & Side Effects

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recommends a standard treatment for pulmonary NTM disease of three or four medications. Read more about these medications and side effects.

Nutrition & NTM

The role of nutrition in managing NTM is very important. You should view achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet as part of your treatment plan.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

These sample questions are meant to be a guideline of the types of questions you may want to ask your doctor. Sometimes it is helpful to have a list so you don’t forget.

Patient Fact Sheets

What is Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Disease?

ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilationbriefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures. Download the chapter on NTM.