Lets Understand About Cystic Fibrosis

Diseases are more in number and there are more and more diseases affecting the human community every year. Among those many are curable, many are controllable but many diseases are such that life can be prolonged with treatments. Genetic disorders are one category of the diseases. These diseases are hard to cure. One such disease is the cystic fibrosis.

English: "Clubbing" of the fingers i...
English: “Clubbing” of the fingers is a classic features of Cystic Fibrosis, although not present in many patients. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cystic fibrosis is the autosomal recessive genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs. When the word ends with osis then the term denotes the degeneration of certain areas. So just by the name you can understand that this is the degenerative disease and generally degenerative diseases cannot be cured.

When it comes to the genes, any changes in the gene sequence are called the mutation. So in this disease there is a mutation of a gene which is required for the regulation of certain body fluids like digestive fluids, mucus, sweat etc.

The disease can also affect the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines which are the common areas that secrete these types of fluids. At this condition the person’s organ can be easily infected by bacteria at very young ages. This infection cannot be treated to cure easily. To make it still clearer let us see some of the functions of the fluids present in the body that are involved in this disease.

Mucus is a slippery substance present in the openings of the body. This is produced mainly to ward off any external particle coming inside the body. As they are openings anything can enter here easily. So the body secretes mucus to prevent this entry.

It is very common to sneeze when you keep anything at the nasal entry. This is the easiest example. The body itself will try to eliminate unwanted things coming inside the body. Common cold is the common condition which is the result of the infection.

The similar way one of the main functions of the fluids is to protect the body from the invasion of unwanted substances. In cystic fibrosis these fluid production are inhibited in their genes. So it is obvious that one would be prone to infections easily and there is no possible chance of elimination of those microorganisms.

Cystic fibrosis therapy is found useful for treating the problem in various ways. You may know more about this therapy at the site here and to get more benefits it offers.