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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis & Pets

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 11:03 -- IV Solutions

How do pets affect cystic fibrosis symptoms?

One of the more applicable studies on the effects of pets on people with cystic fibrosis were collected from 703 cystic fibrosis patients through the US CF Twin-Sibling Study. The study involved cystic fibrosis families who raised cats and/or dogs.

An important finding showed that the rate for respiratory infection for cystic fibrosis pet owners was no different than in households without pets. This suggests that, given the proper precautions, pets can be a part of life with cystic fibrosis.

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.

Cystic Fibrosis Inheritance: Are you a carrier?

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 15:35 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis inheritance is passed on through a change in a gene on the 7th chromosome. This change results in the production of the protein CFTR(cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator). This protein is the reason that the mucus is thick and builds up in people with cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis inheritance is passed on through autosomal recessive genes, meaning that it is necessary for a child to inherit the changed gene that produces the CFTR protein from BOTH parents in order to express the symptoms of CF.

Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 14:30 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis requires a complex treatment process that involves multiple medications. Many of the medications used to treat cystic fibrosis are specialty medicines with limited distribution. This means that only certain providers have permission to dispense these drugs and it can be difficult to find a provider that offers a comprehensive list of cystic fibrosis medications.

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:54 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is related to many symptoms throughout the body. The most profoundly affected systems have problems due to the build up of thick, sticky mucus.

The Respiratory Tract is the most notably affected organ since the buildup of mucus makes it difficult to breath and must constantly be treated and coughed out. The mucus is a great environment for opportunistic bacterial lungs infections, which is the principal reason for decline in lung function of people with cystic fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms in the Digestive System

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 15:30 -- IV Solutions

Since cystic fibrosis increases the thickness of mucus in the digestive tract, many digestive functions are blocked in people with cystic fibrosis. The buildup of mucus can also harbor infections and cause other complications.

The digestive tract is responsible for extracting nutrients from food and delivering it across the body. Any problems with this process will manifest in a number of ways across the body systems and be detrimental to your health.

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