Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects mostly your lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs. CF causes mucus to be thick and sticky. The mucus clogs the lungs, causing breathing problems and making it easy for bacteria to grow. This can lead to repeated lung infections and lung damage.
Figure A shows the organs that cystic fibrosis can affect. Figure B shows a cross-section of a normal airway. Figure C shows an airway affected by cystic fibrosis. The widened airway is blocked by thick, sticky mucus containing blood and bacteria
Symptoms of Cystic fibrosis
The following are some of the symptoms of Cystic fibrosis :
Respiratory System Signs and Symptoms
• Frequent coughing with thick, sticky mucus difficult to raise up and sometimes bloody.
• Lung infections caused by unusual germs that don't respond to standard antibiotics.
• Frequent bouts of sinusitis,
• Frequent bouts of bronchitis
• Frequent pneumonia
These infections can cause long-term lung damage.
Serious complications can be
• collapsed lung
Some people who have cystic fibrosis also develop nasal polyps (growths in the nose) that may require surgery.
Digestive System Signs and Symptoms
Mucus that blocks tubes, or ducts, in your pancreas and prevents enzymes from reaching your intestines causes most digestive system signs and symptoms.
Without these enzymes, your intestines can't fully absorb fats and proteins.
This can cause ongoing diarrhea or bulky, foul-smelling, greasy stools. Intestinal blockage also may occur, especially in newborns. Too much gas or severe constipation in the intestines may cause stomach pain and discomfort.
A hallmark of cystic fibrosis in children is poor weight gain and growth. These children are unable to get enough nutrients from their food due to the lack of enzymes to help absorb fats and proteins.
Digestive complications are:
• Rectal prolapse.
• Liver disease due to inflamed or blocked bile ducts.
Reproductive System Signs and Symptoms
In males: Infertility: as they're born without a vas deferens.
In females: mucus blocking her cervix
Other Signs, Symptoms, and Complications
Other signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis are related to an upset of the balance of minerals in your blood.
Cystic fibrosis causes your sweat to become very salty.
This can cause dehydration which leads to increased heart rate, tiredness, weakness, decreased blood pressure, heat stroke, and, rarely, death.
Cystic fibrosis also can cause clubbing and low bone density. Clubbing is the widening and rounding of the tips of your fingers and toes.
How is cystic fibrosis treated?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) has no cure.
The goals of cystic fibrosis treatment are to:
• Prevent and control lung infections
• Loosen and remove thick, sticky mucus from the lungs
• Prevent or treat blockages in the intestines
• Provide enough nutrition
• Prevent dehydration (a condition in which the body doesn't have enough fluids)
Breathing techniques also may help dislodge mucus so you can cough it up. These techniques include forcing out a couple of short breaths or deeper breaths and then doing relaxed breathing. This may help loosen the mucus in your lungs and open your airways.
Aerobic exercise that makes you breathe harder helps loosen the mucus in your airways so you can cough it up.
Exercise also helps improve your overall physical condition.
High-salt diet or salt supplements to maintain the balance of minerals in your blood.
Homeopathic treatment for Cystic fibrosis
Treatments for Advanced Lung Disease
Oxygen therapy in case of breathelessness.
lung transplant in case of severe lung disease.
Treatment for Digestive Problems
• Nutritional therapy: well-balanced, rich in calories, fat, and protein.
• Oral pancreatic
• More vitamins.
• Supplements of vitamins A, D, E, and K to replace the fat-soluble vitamins that your intestines can't absorb.
• A high-salt diet or salt supplements that you take before doing vigorous exercise.
• Enemas and mucus-thinning medicines to treat intestinal blockages.
Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis Complications
A common complication of cystic fibrosis is diabetes. The type of diabetes that people who have cystic fibrosis develop often requires different treatment than other types of diabetes.
Another common complication is osteoporosis
Homeopathy has good role to play when it comes to constitutional way of treatment. This entire phenomenon maximally is out of constitutional base. Homeopathy can give not only palliation in incurable diseases but even prevent complications too. There are some incurable cases responded very nicely to homeopathy.