What is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common type of chronic lung disease in children and young adults. It is a genetic disease that causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to lung infections. CF causes persistent coughing with phlegm, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Cystic fibrosis treatment
While there is no cure, our specialists strive to prove an early diagnosis in order to build you a comprehensive treatment plan with improving quality of life in mind. Treatments include:
- Antibiotics for respiratory infections
- Inhaled bronchodilators such as albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) to help open the airways
- Pain relievers
- Postural drainage
- Chest percussion
In some cases, lung transplant may also be considered. Your doctor will help you decide which treatment is right for you.