Cystic Fibrosis (SIS-tik fi-BRO-sis), or CF, also known as mucoviscidosis, is an inherited disease of the secretory glands. Secretory glands include glands that make mucus and sweat. Although it mainly affects mostly the lungs, it also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, intestines, sinuses, and sex. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up sputum as a result of frequent lung infections.
Other symptoms include sinus infections, poor growth, fatty stool, clubbing of the finger and toes, and infertility in males among others.
Different people may have different degrees of symptoms.
These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.
Although Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system, recent improvements in screening and treatments mean most people with cystic fibrosis now live into their 20s and 30s, and some are living into their 40s and 50s.
By using the AirPhysio device to clean the airway and condition the lungs, this will assist in the clearance of excess mucus and fluid and assists in the maintenance of Cystic Fibrosis.
AirPhysio assists in 2 distinct ways:
1. Firstly the clearance process of AirPhysio assists to clear any blockage or build-up of excess mucus through the 2 stage mobilization and elimination method.2. Secondly, the vibration or flutter effect of the AirPhysio including the deep breathing method assist to condition the airway and assists to improve lung capacity through a physio therapy method of exercising the lungs, similar to exercise.
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AirPhysio is an Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device which is used for mucus clearance and lung expansion to help in the treatment of respiratory conditions like Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Chronic and Acute Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Chest colds and flus. The use of AirPhysio device helps to facilitate secretion mobilization, prevents atelectasis and maximize lung volume for cleaner healthier lungs.
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