Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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How Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Lungs
If it’s hard to explain CF to your family and friends why you look ok on the outside but not on the inside, watch and share this video to see how lungs normally work, and how CF can affect the lungs over time.
A defective gene in people living with cystic fibrosis causes a buildup of thick, sticky mucus, particularly in the lungs, which can lead to infections. In this video, watch to see how mucus thinners work to make the mucus in your lungs easier to clear out during airway clearance techniques (ACTs).
Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs)
On average, people living with cystic fibrosis spend two hours daily on treatments, including airway clearance techniques (ACTs), to clear thick, sticky mucus from their lungs. Watch this video to see how different ACTs work including active cycle of breathing, chest physical therapy, and high-frequency chest wall oscillating vest.
The buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs makes people living with cystic fibrosis more likely to develop bacterial infections. To keep these infections in check, some people with CF may take inhaled antibiotics as a part of their daily care routine. Watch this video to understand how inhaled antibiotics work to help control bacteria in your lungs.