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Cystic Fibrosis in the Lungs

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 14:31 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the way the body produces sweat, digestive fluids, and mucus. The main symptoms of CF are problems with the lungs, sweat glands, and digestive system. Today we will focus on the lungs.

The symptoms of cystic fibrosis lung problems are:

Cystic Fibrosis with Chronic Sinus & Lung Infections

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 09:29 -- IV Solutions

People with cystic fibrosis have trouble fighting off germs and bacteria. Bacteria that won’t affect most people can make a person with CF very sick. People with CF must be more careful to avoid illnesses and fight harder to get rid of them.

Everyone has microorganisms, or tiny living things, living in their mouth and throat, but healthy lungs are sealed off. The mucus that builds up in the lungs of a person with CF cannot keep out harmful microorganisms. And once something unhealthy gets into the lung, it is harder to get it out.

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms in the Lungs

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:48 -- IV Solutions

The most immediate symptom of cystic fibrosis in the lungs is that it makes breathing more difficult. The buildup of mucus blocks the airways and lines the walls of the lungs, making it more difficult to draw oxygen from each breath. A common analogy to the way cystic fibrosis restricts lung function is that it feels like breathing through a straw.

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment: Clearing Heavy Mucus from the Lungs

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:42 -- IV Solutions

There are many cystic fibrosis treatments for clearing heavy mucus from the lungs, the most commonly known and prevalent symptom of CF. This is responsible for the primary cause of mortality (80%) in people with cystic fibrosis; respiratory failure.

Advances in treatment and technology have increased the prognosis from early childhood to 40 years and beyond. Each generation benefits from the most modern advancements in medicine and this number continues to rise.

Cystic Fibrosis & Lung Transplants

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 10:26 -- IV Solutions

Though cystic fibrosis affects many of the systems in the body, it is commonly recognized that the organs most profoundly affected by mucus build up are the lungs. The mucus build up, in itself, presents a challenge in breathing and consistently taking medication and breathing treatments to loosen and clear the mucus from the airways.

Coupled with the many opportunistic respiratory infections that commonly present themselves in cystic fibrosis cases, the long term damage to the lungs can become severe and offer few options for relief other than lung transplantation.

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