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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Division of Transplantation

Prevention of Infection

Transplant recipients are at a higher risk of developing an infection, especially within the first three (3) months after transplant when the doses of anti-rejection medications are at their highest. Among the side effects of these medications is a weakening of your body's ability to fight infections.

You are advised to follow the precautions listed below to help prevent infections:

  • Avoid contact with people who have colds
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Rinse your mouth frequently with a good strong mouthwash. Brush and floss your teeth daily.

Notify the Transplant Nurse Practitioner of any of the following:

  • You have been exposed to chicken pox, measles, T.B., or other infections
  • You develop a heavy white coating on your tongue
  • You develop a sudden sore throat or sores in the mouth
  • You develop any discharge, itching or burning from your vagina, penis, scrotum, or rectum
  • You develop a skin rash
  • You develop pain along your back

Signs and Symptoms of Infection Include:

  • Fever of over 100 degrees F.
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Cough which brings up mucus
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • “Burning” sensation on urination