Cystic fibrosis can cause severe lung damage and nutritional deficiencies and is a life threatening disease.

What is it?

  • In CF, the secretions that are normally  thin and slippery in the body, like in the airways, become thick and sticky because of a defective gene.
  • The secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the pancreas and lungs. It is an inherited disease.

How do I recognise it?

Often the first signs of cystic fibrosis noticed is a salty taste to the skin. Parents often can taste the salt when they kiss their child.

Most of the other signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis affect the respiratory system or the digestive system.:

  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Repeated lung infections
  • Repeated sinus infections
  • Foul-smelling, greasy stools
  • Poor weight gain and growth
  • Distended abdomen from constipation
  • Intestinal blockage, particularly in newborns 

Causes

Cystic Fibrosis is caused by a defective gene which alters the amount of salt in the bodies secretions, making them thick and sticky when they should be thin and slippery.

How do you treat it?

Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:

For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Cystic Fibrosis, make an appointment at Lynch's Pharmacy, Broadale, Douglas, Cork at 021-4366923.

Learn all about the drugs used to treat the disease and any complementary medicines or therapies proven to help. Equip yourself with the tools to manage the condition and not be managed by it.

How do you live with it?

Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes. 

When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we provide you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to better live with your condition.

References

Cystic Fibrosis-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cystic_fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis, a comprehensive overview-http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cystic-fibrosis/DS00287