Cystic Fibrosis Directory
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes mucus in the body to become thick and sticky. This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in the lungs and the pancreas. People who have cystic fibrosis can have serious breathing problems and lung disease. They can also have problems with nutrition, digestion, growth, and development. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. But with advances in treatment, people with cystic fibrosis are living longer. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about cystic fibrosis, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Cystic Fibrosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
The causes, symptoms, and treatment of cystic fibrosis.
A sweat test measures the amount of salt (sodium and chloride) in sweat. It is done to help diagnose cystic fibrosis. Normally, sweat on the skin surface contains very little sodium and chloride. People with cystic fibrosis have 2 to 5 times the normal am
Nasal Potential Difference Test for Cystic Fibrosis-Topic Overview
The nasal potential difference test (nasal PD test) measures how well salts (sodium and chloride) flow across the mucous membranes in the nose. This type of test can be helpful when the results of a sweat test or a genetic test are not clear. In this test, electrodes are placed inside the nose and liquids are run through the nose. There is also a needle placed in the forearm that connects to a machine. Because this test can be uncomfortable, your child may need medicine to help him or her relax before having the test. This test is not used very often because it can be difficult to do and because it is not available in many places.
Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise-Topic Overview
Regular exercise improves the health of people who have cystic fibrosis. Exercise helps loosen mucus, encourages coughing, improves oxygen flow, and makes you feel better. Upper body exercises, such as swimming or rowing, increase the strength and endurance of the muscles that are used for breathing. After talking to your doctor about how much exercise is good for your child, encourage your child to participate in sports and recreational activities. Team sports are great ways for your child to stay fit and to interact with other children. Talk to the coach or supervisor about your child's abilities and the important role of physical activity in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.Some people who have cystic fibrosis may not be strong enough to participate in certain activities. Your doctor can recommend the right amount and type of exercise for you. Or you may work with a physical therapist to develop your own exercise routine. For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and
Artificial Lung Closer to Clinical Trial
A device the size of a soda can may help buy time for people who need lung transplants.
Outdoor Pollution and Lung Function Effects
Air quality greatly influences lung function. WebMD explains the effects of outdoor pollution on lung health and the steps you can take to protect your lungs.