An Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis for Patients and Families by M.D., Lynn M. Taussig, M.D. James C. Cunningham

By M.D., Lynn M. Taussig, M.D. James C. Cunningham

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The lungs react by making more mucus to clean the airways, but the mucus blocks even more airways. The infection spreads more and the cycle repeats. Lung Infection s ucu re M Mo ed duc Pro People with CF are at risk for certain lung infections. There are many bacteria or germs that cause CF lung infections. Two are: • Staphylococcus aureus (or simply staph — pronounced “staff”) • Pseudomonas aeruginosa (or simply Pseudomonas — pronounced “soo-doemow-nas”) n io at m am l f In A cycle can develop that causes severe damage to the lungs of people with CF.

For infants and toddlers, ACTs can be done with the help of parents, relatives, friends, therapists or nurses. Older children and adults with CF can do most ACTs themselves. ACTs are often used with other treatments, like inhaled bronchodilators 43 How CF Affects the Body and antibiotics. Bronchodilators should be taken before or with ACTs to open the airways. Inhaled antibiotics should be taken after ACTs. Your CF care team will help you find the ACT that works best for you. Each year, your ACTs should be reviewed by a CF therapist or nurse and changed as needed.

B. Muscle cramps c. Tiredness and weakness d. Stomach ache and vomiting e. Heat stroke and dehydration f. All of the above 35 How CF Affects the Body Answers To learn more, turn to the page number shown after the answer. 1. B CF affects the sweat glands by increasing the amount of salt in sweat. The amount of sweat in CF is normal and it is watery like someone without CF. Page 33 2. F All of the above are symptoms of losing too much salt. Page 34 3. B It is not true that children with CF should never play in hot weather.

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