ABOUT Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that mainly affects the lungs and digestive system.
Cystic Fibrosis, also known as CF, affects cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These fluids should be thin and slippery. In people with CF, a defective gene causes these same fluids to become a thick, sticky mucus clogging the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. As a result, people with CF have chronic infections, inflammation, respiratory failure and other complications.
The thick mucus can also prevent the intestines from absorbing necessary nutrients your body needs from the food you eat.
Here are common symptoms of CF:
Severe lung infections, recurring pneumonia, bronchitis
Wheezing or shortness of breath
Poor weight gain in spite of excessive appetite
Currently, there is NO cure for CF.