There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. However, the medical specialists at The Aga Khan University Hospital can help you manage the symptoms of the disease in a number of ways.
You can take medications that are available to treat cystic fibrosis such as antibiotics for treatment and prevention of lung infections. Alternatively you may be prescribed medications that reduce the thickness of mucus and/or enzymes to help digestion. Furthermore you may be given bronchodilators that will help the airways relax and improve your respiratory function.
Chest physiotherapy is an important component of management. This can help in reducing the thickness of the mucus in the lungs and make it easier to cough it up. Mechanical devices such as a vibrating vest, or a tube or mask to breathe into can be worn to help loosen the mucus as well.
If the doctor advises, you can also seek the available surgical options including:
Bowel surgery, to improve digestion
Lung transplant, for severe breathing problems
A feeding tube which will be inserted into the nasal passage or into the abdomen to help your body absorb the right nutrients
Removal of nasal obstructions that hinder breathing
Your doctor may recommend long term treatment options such as exercise, proper nutrition, oxygen therapy to improve oxygen levels in the blood and breathing therapy to facilitate a healthy lifestyle.