Donation to Cystic Fibrosis Australia

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100% proceeds donated to Cystic Fibrosis Australia on May 25th 2018.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystc Fibrosis (CF) primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system that’s responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. There is currently no cure.

People with CF develop an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system. This causes impairment of the digestive functions of the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections, leading to irreversible damage. Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF.

From birth, a person with CF undergoes constant medical treatments and physiotherapy

How is cystic fibrosis treated?

Management and treatment of CF is lifelong, ongoing and relentless.

A person with CF may consume up to 60 capsules daily to help digest food and may need to do up to four hours of airway clearance physiotherapy each day.

It is important for people with CF to visit a Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Centre several times each year so their progress can be monitored.

Treatment generally involves: 

  • Intensive daily physiotherapy to clear the lungs

  • Enzyme replacement capsules with food to aid digestion

  • Antibiotic therapy to treat lung infections

  • Aerosol mist inhalations via a nebuliser to help open the airways

  • Salt and vitamin supplements

  • A nutritious diet that’s also high calorie, high salt and high fat

  • Exercise – important to help clear the airways and build core strength.

Bear in mind they must do all this in and around their normal daily activities like going to school or work.

People with CF are not encouraged to socialise with each other. The risk of cross-infection and exacerbation of lung conditions is too great. That means CF can be a lonely existence in the respect that people with CF can personally interact to share experiences and offer support.

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