My father-in-law had his spleen removed(nicked during surgery). Since this event he often has bouts infections that end up in asthmatic episodes. He has spent numerous times in the hospital unable to breathe. How can these bacterial infections be limited or possibly prevented?
The spleen has a lot to do with immunity. People who have their spleens out will have increased incidence of bacterial infections throughout their lives, but it is worse in the first two years after surgery. It is recommended they get immunized for pneumonia,flu, etc. and use great care about personal hygiene. Wash hands frequently, especially before and after using the bathroom or eating. Prepare foods carefully and wash all fruits and veggies before eating. Wear a particle mask when working outside or doing "dusty" projects or working around chemicals. Clean the kitchen area with a weak (1%) bleach solution. You can now purchase this already made in spray bottles. If you make your own, take care around the fumes. Take care of wounds, burns, etc. before they have an opportunity to "bloom" into a bacterial infection. Hope this helps.
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