What is Cystic Fibrosis ?
Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
If located in the lungs common symptoms are
- A persistent cough that produces mucus
- Inability to exercise
- Constant lung infections
If found in the digestive system symptoms include:
- Foul smelling/ greasy stools
- Intestinal blockage/ severe constipation
- Difficulty gaining and maintaing a healthly weight
The effects of Cystic Fibrosis
Here we see how Cystic Fibrosis clogs the airways in the lungs.
This chart show how the genetics of Cystic Fibrosis are passed on.
This child now has to stay on oxygen to ensure that enough air can reach his lungs.
How is Cystic Fibrosis inherited, and what causes it?
Can Cystic Fibrosis be treated?
The disease Cystic Fibrosis cannot be cured; however researchers have discovered new ways to further increase the quality of the affected subjects lives.
Chest physical therapy (CPT) is the most common form of treatment for individuals whose lungs have been affected by cystic fibrosis. CPT "also known clapping or percussion" involves pounding on the back, and chest of the affected individual to loosen the mucus so that it can be coughed up. This may be done by simply using ones hands, or using a device such as a electric chest clapper. Treatment specialist may also prescribe antibiotics to help prevent/cure any lung diseases. Also medications will be prescribed to thin any remaining mucus.
The main treatments for Cystic Fibrosis in the digestive tract are vitamin supplements, new diet restrictions, and in some cases may even require a feeding tube to ensure proper nutrition. Also antibiotics may be prescribed to thin the mucus in the bowls of the affected subject.