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.
The first indication of cystic fibrosis are salty skin, poor growth, thick sticky mucus, frequent respiratory infections, persistent cough and shortness of breath. Frequent lungs and sinus infections result from clogging because of the thick sticky mucus, reduce ciliary mobility and inflammation.
Individuals with cystic fibrosis experience early infection and colonization of their lungs by bacteria. Over time, the types and characteristics of these bacteria evolve in the thick, viscous mucus, creating an ideal environment. Moreover, these bacteria develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics. Salt therapy can be of great help in cystic fibrosis, helping in fighting bacteria and stop proliferation.
What is COPD?
On the other hand, COPD encompasses various chronic respiratory diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” is the abbreviation for COPD, and its symptoms encompass several debilitating conditions. Some symptoms are shortness of breath, a cough producing thick mucus, and compromised lung function. In chronic bronchitis, inflammation occurs in the lining of the breathing tubes. This is leading to the production and expulsion of substantial mucus. Emphysema involves the breakdown of the walls of the air sacs in the lungs, causing increased air retention. Many individuals experience both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
The respiratory complications in cystic fibrosis or COPD can be reduced using salt therapy. Hospitals use hypertonic saline solution to assist in clearing thick, stagnant mucus and to prevent infections. In home salt therapy, long-term exposure to salt aerosol occurs during the nights sleep. This daily exposure is very important in chronic respiratory problems. This allows micro particles of salt to gradually deposit on the respiratory mucosa. It helps to make the thick mucus more fluid, unclogs the airways, fight bacteria, viruses and reduces the inflammation. The SaltAir – Home Salt Therapy device creates a seashore microenvironment in your own home, promoting natural and improved breathing.
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