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How does adult cystic fibrosis affect an individual?

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How does adult cystic fibrosis affect an individual?

Posted on 07/20/2022 by RBH



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Cystic fibrosis is basically a genetic or inherited disorder which means it runs in the family. It causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and various other organs in the body. It damages the lungs to the extent that it produces excessive mucus that is thick and sticky; which blocks the tubes, ducts and air passage. Ultimately, it becomes difficult to breathe as mucus gets trapped and leads to infection. Further, it damages the lungs to an extent where fluid filled sacs known as cysts are formed along with scar tissue which is commonly known as fibrosis; hence, the name cystic fibrosis.

According to various doctors, a defective gene that is inherited from either parent is responsible for cystic fibrosis. Since it makes the mucus thick and causes recurrent lung infections it makes breathing difficult, causes heart issues, and causes recurrent infections that eventually lead to respiratory failure. Constant buildup of mucus makes a favorable environment for bacteria to grow which leads to frequent infection in the lungs.

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms:

The symptoms of cystic fibrosis may differ from person to person depending upon the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. It is more common in older people and their symptoms get worse over time. There are conditions in which people do not experience any kind of symptoms until they reach their teenage or adulthood. As time passes and the symptoms change from mild to severe then the person may require medical help as breathing becomes difficult. Recurring pneumonia can influence the pancreas and fertility are some of the typical symptoms of cystic fibrosis are ignored; therefore one must visit the best doctor in India in order to have a proper diagnosis and treatment. Some of the common symptoms of cystic fibrosis might include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wheezing cough
  • Infertility in men
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Frequent lung infection
  • Recurring pneumonia
  • Abnormal bowel movement
  • Losing a lot of salt in sweat

Since people suffering from cystic fibrosis lose a lot of salt in sweat it causes an imbalance of minerals in the body that can lead to several health-related problems such as Increased heart rate, Heat stroke, Low blood pressure, excessive weakness, and dehydration.

Rukmani Birla Hospital is one of the best lung specialist hospitals in Jaipur. We have a team of the best lung specialists in Jaipur who have years of experience in treating critical cases of lung diseases. If you have any queries regarding lung diseases then contact RBH for expert assistance, care, and support.