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Cystic Fibrosis And The Salt Aerosol From Surfing

Medical studies started to look into the seashore aerosol for cystic fibrosis treatment. They discovered that the inhaled salt aerosol from seashore works better than drugs. Surfing can be of great help in cystic fibrosis.

Surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis gave medical researchers a clue about the benefits of salt aerosol; it says an article on MEDPageToday by CNN.

surfing and cystic fibrosis

Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine report about the benefits of salt aerosol. They state that cystic fibrosis patients who inhaled a nebulized saltwater solution had improved their condition by a lot. They had significantly improved their ability to clear mucus from the lungs and airways. It has also shown a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for lung problems.

“The patients who received just the hyper-tonic saline got all the benefit, while the patients who underwent pre-treatment with amiloride (a diuretic drug used to boost the hydration effect of the saltwater) had no improvement. We were blown away by this finding, and it sent us scurrying back to the lab where we discovered a novel property of amiloride: It blocked water transport from the blood.”

The normal transport of sodium in cystic fibrosis is disrupted due to a gene defect. This causes the lung airways surface to be dry and non-hydrated. The mucus is thick and sticky and build up in the lungs and airways. Coughing is not enough in cystic fibrosis sufferers to eliminate the thick and sticky mucus. Salt having a mucolytic effect, helps to fluidize the sticky mucus and clear it out.

Cystic Fibrosis and Salt Therapy

The CNN article concluded “In the Australian study, patients getting the saltwater through a nebulizer had significant improvement in lung function and — perhaps most significantly — they had 56 percent fewer lung exacerbation.” The treatment was done using a face mask nebuliser for 15 minutes at a time and the doctor said:

Saltair salt therapy

“If the saline cannot be adapted for a more patient-friendly delivery method, we may be able to use something other than salt to achieve the same effect.”
Looking for ways to simulate the benefits of surfing in cystic fibrosis, home salt therapy comes handy.

Through home salt therapy the saline solution is transformed in microscopic salt particles. These salt particles are released into the indoor air for breathing during the night sleep. No mask on the face, no mouth piece, no inconvenience – just free breathing, like at the seashore!  It is very easy to use, natural, effective and offers long-term exposure to salt aerosol!

Read the CNN article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/conditions/01/18/cf.saltwater/index.html

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Symptoms Indicative of Cystic Fibrosis And How To Get Relief

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited recessive genetic disorder that causes excess secretion of thick mucus that serve as blockage in lungs and pancreas, posing a threat to life. Since this is a genetic disorder, it manifests early in children by affecting their respiratory tract, digestive system and in the form of excess salt in sweat.

Inheritance of cystic fibrosis

The main symptoms are breathlessness, wheezing, lung infections and inflamed nasal passages in the respiratory system. Digestive system symptoms include poor growth, intestinal blockage, constipation and foul smelling stools. The pancreas are also affected affecting insulin and blood sugar control. Despite these, it is possible for those with cystic fibrosis to live and enjoy life provided they take a few precautions.

Since excessive secretion of thick mucus blocks cell walls and prevents enzyme action, nutrition is one of the keys to normal lifestyles. High calorie diet with fat soluble vitamins, high fiber and extra salt must be part of the nutrition program for those with CF. In addition, if you have CF, you must drink a lot of fluids to thin mucus in the lungs and intestines. The immune system is weakened and those with CF must go in for vaccines and immunization while taking care of hygiene to prevent infections.

cystic fibrosis signs and symptoms

Exercises are necessary to keep heart and lungs strong. Those with CF must also keep away from polluted environments since smoke and dust particles affect breathing. Doctors may prescribe medication to thin mucus and bronchodilators but lifestyle changes and therapies also play a contributing role to keep you comfortable. It is also good to have a breathing devices, inflatable vest and chest clappers.

Beside the medical cystic fibrosis treatment, you can use some herbs that reduce inflammation and help to clear mucus, such as: cayenne, ginger, hyssop, mullein, boswellia, pineapple enzymes, garlic and peppermint. Vitamin E and halotherapy (salt therapy) or breathing in fine particles of salt are home remedies that prove helpful in providing relief and improve breathing. 

 

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Understanding and Managing Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis, also known as mucoviscidosis is a genetic disorder where the autosomal recessive gene is affected. The disease affects the lungs, heart, pancreas, liver and intestines. It is characterized by abnormal transport of sodium and chloride through epithelium, making the secretions thick and viscous. Managing cystic fibrosis symptoms can be very difficult for most sufferers.

managing cystic fibrosis

The name refers to scarring (fibrosis) and cyst formation within the pancreas that was first documented in 1930s. Due to the abnormal secretions, lung infections are frequent and breathing difficulty is the most serious symptom. Other cystic fibrosis symptoms are: poor growth, enlarged heart, sinus infections, respiratory pulmonary diseases, digestive problems, infertility and abnormal pancreas function.

The first indication of cystic fibrosis are salty skin, poor growth and weight gain despite normal food intake.  Others are thick sticky mucus, frequent respiratory infections, persistent cough and shortness of breath.

Lung and sinus infections result from clogging because of the thick sticky mucus, reduce ciliary mobility and inflammation.

Inflammation and repeated infections cause structural changes in the lungs leading to many symptoms. In early stages, there is constant coughing, increase phlegm production and decrease resistance to effort and physical exercise. In later stages, when structural changes in the lungs and airways occur, there are breathing difficulties. There is a difficulty in getting enough oxygen to the blood (hypoxia). Coughing up blood, recurrent pneumonia, high blood pressure in the lungs, respiratory failure, heart failure, are other serious symptoms.

The para nasal passages and sinuses may also be affected due to the thick mucus. Sinus infections are common, together with their symptomatology: headache, facial pain, fever, nasal drainage. Nasal polyps are also very common to develop as a result of multiple sinus infections. Cardio-respiratory complications are the most cause of death in people with cystic fibrosis.

Life with Cystic Fibrosis

The lungs of persons with cystic fibrosis are infected and colonized with bacteria from an early age. These types of bacteria and their characteristics change and develop in time. They have a perfect environment in the thick viscous mucus and they develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics. More often these types of flourishing bacteria are spread between different individuals with cystic fibrosis. People with cystic fibrosis have to be aware of this danger and avoid spreading these dangerous strains of bacteria among other sufferers. In healthcare facilities, people with cystic fibrosis should be isolated from one another. Strict hygiene should be maintained to avoid spreading strains of bacteria among them.

Beside uncommon strains of bacteria, different types of fungi and/or yeasts can chronically colonized the airways. Some of them are found almost exclusively in patients with cystic fibrosis. Defective mucous-ciliary clearance favourites the growth of these colonies, together with prolonged antibiotic and corticosteroid therapies that also favourite their growth.

The respiratory complications can be reduced by using salt therapy. Hyper-tonic saline solution is used in hospitals to help in clearing the thick stagnant mucus and avoid infection. The long-term salt aerosol exposure in home salt therapy is very beneficial in managing cystic fibrosis. It provides exposure during the night sleep, when the salt micro-particles slowly deposit on the respiratory mucosa. It helps to make the thick mucus more fluid, unclogs the airways and reduces inflammation. Salt is known to have bactericide properties and helps in fighting infections, beside its mucolytic and anti inflammatory effect. Using a home salt therapy device will create a seashore micro-environment in your own house. It is very easy to use, natural and effective!