Cystic Fibrosis by: Cidney brown
- shortness of breath
- low bone density
- weight loss
- sinus infections
- chest pain/colds
- chronic coughing
- kidney infections
- excessive sweating
- widened extremities
There are many different ways a doctor or other medical professional can come to a diagnosis for CF.
- chest x-rays
- lung function tests
- mucus tests
- blood tests in babies
Most people who have cystic fibrosis are diagnosed before the age of 2. New born screening is now available.
- Lung volume measurement: the baby/child sits in a glass booth that is filled with tubes of oxygen. The child breathes the air in and out and the booth senses how much air their lungs are actually taking in.
- Mucus test: doctors take a sample of the patients mucus and sends it to a lab to test for a specific type of bacteria.
Although there is unfortunately no cure, there are many different things that can help relieve and slow down the process of their cystic fibrosis worsening.
- Inhaled drugs (inhalers) -most common prescription inhaler is Abuterol
- inflammatory drugs- helps with the inflammation in the lungs and lining of airways
- enzyme pills- these help the pancreas by keeping the function at a good pace
- oxygen therapy (breathing treatments) -helps strengthen the lungs and loosen up any mucus in tight spots
- antibiotics- to help prevent infection
- lung transplant- last resort, lets patient receive new set of lungs, stalls time, does NOT take away cystic fibrosis
Prevention/Lessening the risk
There is really no prevention since it is hereditary. Don't have children if you are a carrier or are in relations with someone who is a carrier. Cystic fibrosis DOES worsen with age.