By: Riley Berryhill
Causes/ How the child gets it
- A persistent cough that produces thick (sputum) mucus
- Exercise intolerance
- Repeated lung infections
- Inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose
There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. However, there are treatments to help alleviate some symptoms. Medications include:
- Antibiotics to treat and prevent lung infections
- Mucus-thinning drugs to help you cough up the mucus, which improves lung function
- Bronchodilators to help keep your airways open by relaxing the muscles around your bronchial tubes
- Oral pancreatic enzymes to help your digestive tract absorb nutrients
Also, chest therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation can be used to help ease the symptoms and break up the mucus in the chest. Surgeries to remove the mucus and clear the airways are also another option.
3 Important Facts
- According to the data collected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are about 30,000 Americans, 3,000 Canadians, and 20,000 Europeans with Cystic Fibrosis.
- CF primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children and young adults.
- Approximately 2,500 babies are born with CF each year in the United States.