Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that affects about 35,000 people in the United States. Commonly Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs. Other symptoms of CF depend on which organ is affected, the severity of the condition and may include:

  • Persistent coughing that produces thick phlegm
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Infertility
  • Salty skin
  • Frequent lung infections like pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Jaundice
  • Delayed growth or puberty
  • Greasy, foul-smelling stools
  • Constipation
  • Clubbing in fingers or toes

Cystic Fibrosis Risk Factors

The greatest risk factor for Cystic Fibrosis is a family history of the disease. The gene that causes CF is recessive, which means you must inherit two copies of the gene, one from each parent.

Types of Cystic Fibrosis Treatment 

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High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation

Treatment Type 1

High-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) is an airway clearance device. A fitted vest produces vibrations that loosen and remove mucus from the airway. It can be done from home, and can help alleviate your symptoms, allowing you to breathe easier.

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