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Are You at Risk for Cystic Fibrosis?

Are You at Risk for Cystic Fibrosis? How do you know if you are at risk of getting cystic fibrosis? It can affect males and females and people from all ethnic groups. The disease is most common in Caucasians. Cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited disease among American Caucasians. Caucasians who have ancestors that came from Northern Europe are most susceptible to getting cystic fibrosis. Are You at Risk for Cystic Fibrosis?   Cystic fibrosis is common in Latinos […]

Chest Physiotherapy – What Is It and How Does It Work?

Chest Physiotherapy – What Is It and How Does It Work? Most cystic fibrosis patients suffer from excessive mucus build up in the lungs and respiratory organs. This mucus is a normal substance found in every person but in patients with cystic fibrosis it becomes abnormally thick and sticky. It sticks to the lining of the passageways that go to the lungs and digestive tracts and disrupts the work of those organs. Chest Physiotherapy – What Is It and How […]

Children With Cystic Fibrosis

Children With Cystic Fibrosis Parents who have children have tough times and it can be heartbreaking. Parents often feel guilt because they blame themselves because they passed the mutant gene on to their child. Fear may also be an emotion that a parent will have when their children are diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. It is normal for parents to feel these emotions and if they are having difficulty coping with the emotions, look for a support group in […]

When Should You See A Doctor?

When Should You See A Doctor? If you suspect your child may have cystic fibrosis, you should contact your doctor immediately. Do you know you have a risk of passing on the mutant gene that causes cystic fibrosis? Does your child have other signs of this incurable disease? Those signs can be newborns that are not growing properly, chronic breathing and respiratory problems, and bulky, greasy stools. If your doctor is not growing steadily along the percentile curve may be […]

Complications Caused by Cystic Fibrosis

Complications Caused by Cystic Fibrosis Cystic fibrosis is a disease that has no known cure. It can have devastating complications if not treated. Common and frequent complications are respiratory infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and chronic sinusitis. The passageways to the respiratory organs are dilated when you have these infections and can make it more difficult to clear the passageways. Asthma can develop from the chronic inflammation of the bronchial linings. Complications Caused by Cystic Fibrosis   Respiratory infections are […]

The Profile for Cystic Fibrosis

The Profile for Cystic Fibrosis Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that occurs when both parents carry the mutant CF gene. It is incurable but new advances are being found each year in finding new methods of treatments. New methods for diagnosing the disease are being discovered as well. The disease causes the normally thin mucus that lines the passageways to major organs to become thick and sticky causing it to build up and cause problems for the patient in […]

Coping Skills After The Diagnosis

Coping Skills After The Diagnosis The diagnosis of cystic fibrosis can be devastating for families and the patient. Everyone will go through a range of emotions and each one on their own timetable! Some of those emotions include anger, fear, and guilt. You will have concerns about your child’s health, future, and possible financial problems. Teens will have a difficult time adjusting to a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and it is normal for them to have all those emotions. Talking […]

The History of Cystic Fibrosis

The History of Cystic Fibrosis Cystic fibrosis was a disease that has been around since the Middle Ages. Many infants with “salty” skin often died in infancy or young. These babies and children were considered “bewitched” because they died at such an early age. The History of Cystic Fibrosis   The scientist Fanconi first named the disease in medical history when he refers to it as cystic fibrosis with Bronchiectasis. A scientist from Columbia University first developed a complete profile […]

Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable

Cystic Fibrosis—Life Threatening and Incurable Cystic fibrosis has been around since medieval times. Infants in the middle ages who had “salty” skin were considered bewitched because they normally died during infancy. The disease is sometimes fatal, inherited, chronic, and progressive. There is no known cure for this genetic disease. Cystic fibrosis normally affects the digestive and respiratory organs of the body. Thick mucus collects in the passageways and lungs in the respiratory system and blocks the ducts that allow digestive […]