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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms & Complications

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:30 -- IV Solutions

For patients and their caregivers, a step toward managing cystic fibrosis is understanding the symptoms.

At IV Solutions, we’re here to help you sort through the basic cystic fibrosis symptoms in a few short minutes.

In-depth articles are also available on each topic when you’re ready to learn more.

What is Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease. When a person has CF, their body produces thickermucus. This mucus builds up and blocks the pathways inside the body, causing organ problems.

Cystic Fibrosis Genetics

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:40 -- IV Solutions

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease, an illness someone is born with that is not contagious. Because the problem is in the building blocks that make up a person, most genetic diseases cannot be cured—yet. While we cannot cure cystic fibrosis, IV Solutions helps treat the symptoms. Continue reading to learn about cystic fibrosis genetics, causes, and testing. Please share this article to help build CF Awareness.

Cystic Fibrosis Life Expectancy Improvements

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:20 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes problems in the lungs and digestive system. It’s not curable—yet—but there are treatments for the symptoms.

Since the identification of cystic fibrosis as an illness, life expectancy has gone from only 6 months to 37 years. Today, about half of those living with CF are over 18 years old. People with CF can live active, satisfying lives.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa & Cystic Fibrosis: Learn the Facts

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 10:00 -- IV Solutions

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacteria that can cause infections in many parts of the body. It survives in most environments and is very resistant to antibiotics. Infections caused by P. aeruginosa can be life-threatening, but all have the potential to be treated.

While P. aeruginosa rarely makes healthy people sick, it is an opportunistic pathogen. This means it can be dangerous for people with a weakened immune response. If you catch an infection while in a hospital, it will most likely bePseudomonas aeruginosa.

Cystic Fibrosis Common Complications

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 09:33 -- IV Solutions

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and sweat glands. CF can also cause other complications in the body. Other common complications of CF include: (CFRD) Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes, chronic sinus / lung infections, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

People with cystic fibrosis can make complications easier to manage with various treatments, therapy options, and medications prescribed by your doctor. Consult with your doctor if you, or your child, are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below.

Cystic Fibrosis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:55 -- IV Solutions

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux disease, is caused by stomach acid rising up out of the stomach and damaging the lining of the throat. Left untreated, this damage can cause serious throat problems likes sores and scarring. 

GERD is common in people without cystic fibrosis, but is even more common in people with CF. In 2012, 30.5% of people with CF reported having problems with GERD.

GERD is more common for people with CF for several reasons:

10 Healthy Recipes/ Snacks for Cystic Fibrosis

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:41 -- IV Solutions

Having a healthy diet is extremely important to staying healthy. Most people with CF require a higher calorie intake.

Your body needs those enzymes to absorb calories, vitamins, and minerals from food. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) makes it hard for your body to digest food or maintain a healthy weight.

In this post you will find 10 Healthy Recipes/ Snacks.


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