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May 1, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

May is national Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (CF).  CF is a genetic disease that allows a person to inherit large amounts of mucus in the lungs and pancreas.  It usually isn’t detected until the age of 18 or older.

Signs of CF can include a variety of health difficulties.  A person with the disease can experience frequent short breaths.  Coughing and fevers can increase.  A person with CF may also experience the lack of desire to eat and sinus trouble.

Treatment with CF can vary to prolong the disease.  There are antibiotics to treat lung and sinus infections and lung transplants might be an option.  Flu shots annually  have been proven to help as well.  Oxygen therapy could also be used depending on the seriousness of the disease.

Young adults living with CF can lead regular lives until older adulthood by having a high protein diet as needed, exercising, and drinking plenty of fluids.  They should also stay away from dust, mold or mildew.  Life expectancy for a person with Cystic Fibrosis is currently 37 years. 

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