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    How is cystic fibrosis treated?

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  • Cystic Fibrosis Australia assists member organisations to achieve common objectives by developing national education programs and collecting and distributing information about Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at … View Profile

    Physiotherapy, nutrition and antibiotics are the ‘big 3’ interventions.
     
    Intense daily chest physiotherapy helps to move mucus off the lungs. A high-volume fat-rich diet supplemented with high doses of enzyme replacement tablets is needed to avoid malnutrition. And antibiotics are used to fight chest infections which can be fatal for a person with poor lung capacity.
     
    There is a big risk of catching chest infections from another person with CF (‘cross-infection’). So people with CF are encouraged to avoid congregating with other people with CF.
     
    This can be very isolating, and the combined effect of isolation and ongoing treatment means that CF can also have a huge impact on a person’s emotional and mental health.

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