Cystic Fibrosis 2018-02-23T08:09:01-06:00


Over 30,000 Children & Adults Suffer

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis – CF is a chronic lung disease where mucus buildup occurs in the lungs and digestive tract. This life threatening disorder can be passed down through families is most commonly found in children and young adults.

About 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. have CF, and 70,000 candidates have it worldwide.  The unusually thick mucus byproduct is caused by a combination of a defective gene and its protein. This mucus is most destructive, as it clogs the lungs and leads to infections that are life threatening.

In the digestive tract, this thick mucus clogs the pancreas and inhibits the natural production of enzymes that are imperative to our absorption of vital nutrients in food, as well as inhibits the creation of digestive enzymes.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

  • Persistent coughing with phlegm
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Frequent lung infections
  • Salty-tasting skin
  • Slow weight gain and growth, despite healthy eating
  • Bulky stool, or difficulty in bowel movements

How To Manage

There is no cure but there are definitely some good treatment options.  One of the most critical steps for managing cystic fibrosis is proactively treating airway infection. This is usually done through pulmonary rehabilitation.

Pulmonary rehabilitation refers to a broad spectrum of rehab therapies aimed to help breathing problems.

Therapies For Cystic Fibrosis

  • Breathing strategies
  • Exercise training
  • Counsel on nutrition
  • Education on and how to manage lung disease
  • Energy conserving techniques



It’s important that you trust your Pulmonologist. There are hundreds of Pulmonologists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Pulmonologists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

For your peace of mind, Top10MD Pulmonologists’ credentials are validated yearly to verify medical licenses have no serious patient care sanctions, current Board Certifications in their given medical specialty, current DEA & DPS licenses, and malpractice insurance. A Top10MD has at least 5+ years experience or has performed 300+ procedures in their given specialty and a current Patient Satisfaction Score of 8.5 or higher.

Take Control of Your Health & Schedule a Consultation Today!

Find Your Doctor
Find Your Doctor