Cystic Fibrosis - Treatment Overview
Other ways to help remove mucus from the lungs involve
certain types of movements, coughing, or exercises known as airway clearance
techniques. These include:
Digestive therapy. This therapy works to replace certain
digestive enzymes, to make sure the body absorbs all the
minerals it needs, and to prevent or treat intestinal
blockages. Digestive therapy involves:
enzyme replacement therapy (such as with Creon or
Pancreaze), to help the intestines absorb nutrients from food.
Nutritional therapy to help replace lost nutrients. This may include taking
vitamins; eating high-calorie, high-fat foods; drinking nutritional drinks;
getting fed through a tube in the stomach; and, in some cases, receiving
- Preventing intestinal blockages with stool
softeners (to avoid constipation) and
Antibiotics. These medicines, which kill
bacteria that cause infections, are often used to treat cystic fibrosis. Some
antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent
infections. Others may be prescribed
to help fight infections.
Most ongoing treatment for
cystic fibrosis focuses on controlling and reducing problems or
complications in the
respiratory and digestive systems .
Your child is likely to continue with respiratory therapy, digestive therapy, and antibiotics.
with severe lung disease may need to use oxygen at home. Regular visits with
the team of health professionals involved in your child's care are also
- Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home
Doctors may do certain tests to help find out what kinds
of problems your child is having. These tests may include:
As children with cystic fibrosis get older, it is
important for them to learn how to help care for themselves. Even though it can
be hard to follow a treatment plan every day, there are many benefits of home
treatments. Skipping a treatment may not make a person feel worse right away,
but his or her chances of having more serious problems later increase.
Treatment if the condition gets worse