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CF Cystic Fibrosis: Symptoms And Treatment

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An inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs.


Approximately 1,000 people are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis every year in the United States. [1]


- Requires a medical diagnosis.
- Lab tests or image tests always required.
- Happens only in children.


Cystic fibrosis is a serious genetic condition that affects cells that produce sweat, mucus, and digestive enzymes. Thick sticky mucus is build up in the organs. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the fluids clog the ducts, tubes, and passageways in the body. Lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines are commonly affected organs.


Ages Affected: Can be seen in newborns.


Symptoms


- Pain in the abdomen.
- Burning sensation in the chest.
- Cough with blood or phlegm.
- Diarrhea, fat in the stool, severe constipation, or bulky stools
- Pulmonary hypertension, shortness of breath, sinusitis, or wheezing
- Delayed development, delayed puberty, or slow growth
- Fatigue or inability to exercise
- Acute bronchitis, deformity of nails, infection, male infertility, nasal polyps, pneumonia, salty sweat, or weight loss


Treatment


Self-Care: This condition can be treated by opting for postural drainage and taking care of fluid intakes and nutrition.


Medication: The doctor may prescribe the patient with antibiotics, dietary supplements, a penicillin antibiotic, and cough medicine.
Specialists: At mfine, you can connect with a doctor for better understanding and treatment of this health issue.

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