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Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

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There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. The goals of treatment are to prolong life expectancy and improve the quality of life for people with the disease. This is done by controlling symptoms and preventing complications.
  1. Treatment Basics
  2. Medications Used to Treat Cystic Fibrosis
  3. Nutrition and Diet
  1. Therapies for Improving Lung Function
  2. Periodic Testing: Preventing Complications of Cystic Fibrosis
  3. Alternative Treatment Options

Treatment Basics

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Treatment plans for people with cystic fibrosis vary because they are customized to meet the unique needs of each individual, but the basic foundation of controlling symptoms and preventing complications applies to everyone who is being treated for cystic fibrosis.

Medications Used to Treat Cystic Fibrosis

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Medications are an essential part of daily life for people with cystic fibrosis. Some are nhaled directly into the lungs, some are taken by mouth, and others must be taken intravenously.

Nutrition and Diet

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Cystic fibrosis interferes with the body's ability to absorb nutrients. People with cystic fibrosis must take dietary supplements and follow special nutrition guidelines to avoid becoming dangerously malnourished -- even kids.

Therapies for Improving Lung Function

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In addition to medication and nutrition, cystic fibrosis treatment includes a variety of therapies that focus on bettering how well the lungs work.

Periodic Testing: Preventing Complications of Cystic Fibrosis

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It's important for people with cystic fibrosis to stay ahead of their disease and make sure treatment is working as it should. Complications of cystic fibrosis can sneak up, even when everything seems to be under control.

Alternative Treatment Options

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Some people living with cystic fibrosis choose to include alternative treatment options in their daily routine, with their doctor's approval.

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