The Cycle of Cystic Fibrosis Progression
Understanding Cystic Fibrosis
Left untreated, cystic fibrosis can drastically affect the health of the patient. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have questions about how cystic fibrosis is affecting your health or the health of a loved one.
Cystic fibrosis often develops through the following stages:
- Obstruction: Thick, sticky mucus blocks the airways. This means it's harder for the lungs to remove bacteria from the lungs, which leads to…
- Respiratory tract infection: Thickened mucus also creates an environment for bacteria to grow, which leads to…
- Inflammation: Inflammation is a part of the body's reaction to infection. Neutrophils enter the lungs to fight infection. These neutrophils leave behind DNA, which makes mucus even stickier and leads to…
- More obstruction, more infection and more inflammation
While there is no cure for CF, you have treatment options that may help. Your doctor likely will also prescribe additional medicines to Pulmozyme to address other symptoms of cystic fibrosis. These can help to increase moisture in the mucus, prevent and treat infections, and open airways.
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