Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

Since 2010, all states require that newborns are tested for CF. The most common test is the sweat test which determines the amount of chloride in a person’s sweat. If the chloride level is abnormally high then a newborn will be diagnosed with CF.

Management of Cystic Fibrosis

To stay healthy and control symptoms, people of all ages with CF can manage their disease by following a regular treatment routine that includes airway clearance, oral and inhaled medications, a fitness plan, and nutritional therapies.

New and better treatments

In recent years many new medications have been launched, such as greatly improved digestive enzymes and inhaled antibiotics. Along with airway clearance therapy, these medications help to greatly improve the quality of life of patients.

Treating the lungs

Those affected have recurrent infections that cause permanent damage to the tissue of the lungs. This is why doctors rely on targeted control of these infectious pathogens. Usually inhaled antibiotics are administered for long-term treatment.

The thick mucus of a person living with CF puts them at risk for lung infections caused by the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. Pseudomonas infections are potentially life-threatening, and those with cystic fibrosis are at a particular risk of colonizing the bacteria in the lungs because of the mucus they produce.

Once colonized in the lungs, P. aeruginosa causes chronic lung infection that can reduce lung function and overall physical health. Kitabis Pak is an antibiotic that can treat P. aeruginosa in the lungs. It is inhaled directly into the lungs where the P. aeruginosa is colonized.

Video: Meet Mo, the Pesky Pseudomonas Bug

Let Mo help educate you about Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and what you can to do to keep Mo and his friends from taking over! Watch this video and see how Kitabis® Pak Tobramycin Inhalation Solution can help minimize Mo!

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Supportive measures

Sometimes people are taught special breathing techniques which make it easier for them to cough up mucus from the lungs. In addition, doctors recommend regular physical exercise such as running, cycling or dancing.

Nebulizer cleaning and disinfection

It is important to understand how to care for and clean your nebulizer. Regular cleaning and disinfection help to prevent bacterial contamination. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use to be sure you are using approved methods that have been tested and are effective in keeping your device clean. If in doubt, always consult with your healthcare team on what is the best approach for you.

Video: The importance of cleaning and disinfecting your PARI LC PLUS nebulizer

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