What is Cystic Fibrosis?
What are the Symptoms?
-Coughing, sometimes even coughing up phlegm
-Lung infections such as pneumonia and/or bronchitis
-Shortness of breath and/or wheezing
-Weight gain and poor growth even with a healthy appetite
How can it be treated?
Those with the disease will do combinations of the following daily:
-Airway clearance via different techniques
---Help from family, friends, or therapists may be necessary
---Many use a inflatable vibrating vest to loosen the mucus (pictured below)
-Inhaled Medication (pictured below)
---Liquid medication in a mist/aerosol form
---Fights infections and helps keep airways clear
-Medication (pills/capsules) that improve the ability to absorb nutrients
---Taken with meals and usually with any snacks
-Multivitamins are commonly taken as well