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Treating Cystic Fibrosis

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis (CF), but with proper management the symptoms and complications often caused by CF can be controlled.

The Vitamins You Need
Cystic fibrosis prevents your body from storing fat soluble vitamins, so you'll need to make sure you consume enough of them through foods and vitamin supplements to meet your body's needs each day.

Airway Clearance Methods
Airway clearance treatments are a necessary part of daily life for those with cystic fibrosis, but not everyone uses the same method. Most likely, your routine will include a combination of several of these common techniques and devices.

Tube Feedings in Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
Tube feedings can help meet your nutritional needs when you can’t get what you need from food. Learn about the criteria that doctors use to determine when tube feeding is needed, some long and short-term tube feeding options, and other basic info about tube feedings.

Lung Transplant For the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis
When damage from cystic fibrosis is severe, lung transplantation becomes a treatment option that can add years to your life. When is it time to start thinking about a transplant, and what should you expect once you do get on the transplant list?

Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
In order to prevent troublesome complications, chronic sinusitis must be treated in people with cystic fibrosis. Learn about the treatment options available to those with cystic fibrosis.

Beyond Manual Chest Physiotherapy
When you’re ready to move beyond manual chest physiotherapy, there are several devices that you can use for airway clearance. Get to know these tools and how they can help you with your airway clearance routine.

Airway Clearance Vests
High-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) vests have become an increasingly popular choice for airway clearance therapy among people with cystic fibrosis. Learn more about HFCWO vests how they work, who theyre for, and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.

The Most Essential Airway Clearance Technique
Do you know which airway clearance technique (ACT) is the single most important one for people with cystic fibrosis to use? Learn about this basic technique and how to do it correctly.

Vitamin K
What do people with cystic fibrosis need to know about vitamin K? Learn about the function of vitamin K in the body, foods that are rich in vitamin K and what this all means for people with cystic fibrosis.

Vitamin E
What do people with cystic fibrosis need to know about vitamin E? Learn about the types of vitamin E, the function of vitamin E in the body, foods that are rich in vitamin E and what this all means for people with cystic fibrosis.

Vitamin D
What do people with cystic fibrosis need to know about vitamin D? Learn about the function of vitamin D in the body, foods that are rich in vitamin D and what this all means for people with cystic fibrosis.

Vitamin A
What do people with cystic fibrosis need to know about vitamin A? Learn about the types of vitamin A, the function of vitamin A in the body, foods that are rich in vitamin A and what this all means for people with cystic fibrosis.

Let’s Talk About Phthalates
Phthalates are a potentially toxic group of chemicals that are found in some brands of pancreatic enzymes. Learn what phthalates are, why phthalates are used, and what you need to know to help you put phthalate safety concerns in perspective.

Anti-Inflammatory Medications in Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
Anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes prescribed to people with cystic fibrosis to help reduce swelling of air passages and improve lung function. Learn what you need to know about the different types of anti-inflammatory medications, including when and how anti-inflammatory medications are used in cystic fibrosis treatment, potential benefits and possible risks of anti-inflammatory use.

Bronchodilators Used In Cystic Fibrosis Treatment - Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonists
Many people with cystic fibrosis use medications called bronchodilators to help improve lung function. Learn what you need to know about the bronchodilators used in cystic fibrosis treatment, including possible side effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

Common Medications in Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
If you have cystic fibrosis, you will take medication every day for the rest of your life. Most likely you will find one or more of these drugs in your medicine cabinet at some point in your treatment.

Pancrelipase – Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement
Most people with cystic fibrosis take panreatic enzyme replacements whenever they eat to allow them to absorb nutrients and avoid the discomforts of malabsorption. Learn what you need to know about pancrelipase, including possible side effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

Pulmozyme - Pulmozyme Inhalation Solution
Pulmozyme (dornase alfa) is an important part of treatment for many people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what you need to know about Pulmozyme, including possible side effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

Azithromycin as Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
Azithromycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat infection in people with or without cystic fibrosis(CF). Read about the way azithromycin is used in CF treatment including how it differs from use in other infections, possible side effects, safety warnings, and where to find financial assistance.

Tobi - Tobramycin Inhalation Solution
Tobi is an antibiotic used to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that grows in the lungs of many people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what you need to know about Tobi,including possible side effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

Inhaled Hypertonic Saline
Hypertonic saline is a promising new treatment that can help thin secretions and reduce respiratory infections in people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what hypertonic saline is, how it works, who is using it and the potential benefits and side effects of hypertonic saline treatment.

Exercise and Cystic Fibrosis
Exercise is an important part of cystic fibrosis treatment. Learn about the benefits of physical activity, the recommended type and amount of exercise that should be included, and ways to ensure a successful workout.

Treating Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis treatment involves a combination of medications, therapies, diet, and exercise aimed at preventing complications and slowing progression of the disease.

How To Do Chest Physical Therapy: Child Under Five
Proper technique is very important when performing chest physical therapy. Follow these steps to be sure you are doing it correctly.

Clinical Trials
Read about another treatment option that may be available to help you.

How to Use a Nebulizer
Some of the medications commonly prescribed to treat cystic fibrosis are vaporized and inhaled using a machine called a nebulizer. It's not hard to use, once you learn how. Visit the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia to view a step-by-step pictorial.

What Should a Person with CF Eat?
People with cystic fibrosis require extra calories and nutrients to stay strong. Learn more about the nutritional needs and ways to meet them from the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia.

What is an Enzyme?
Enzymes are something that you'll hear a lot about in CF discussions. Just what is an enzyme, anyway? Read a detailed explanation in the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia.

Feeding Tubes
Most people with cystic fibrosis are able to meet their nutritional requirements with diet, enzymes, and oral supplements. Sometimes, if eating or swallowing becomes difficult, a feeding tube may need to be inserted in the stomach. Learn more about feeding tubes from the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia.

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