By M.D., Lynn M. Taussig, M.D. James C. Cunningham
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A People with CF may have problems with sinusitis and nasal polyps. Rarely is surgery required. Page 47 52 How CF Affects the Body Notes and Questions 53 How CF Affects the Body 54 How CF Affects the Body Chapter 5: Gastrointestinal System Poor digestion is a common problem in CF. The good news is that proper diet and enzyme supplements with meals and snacks can help solve this problem. How the Gastrointestinal System Works Digestion and food absorption are complex. When food is chewed and swallowed, it goes through the esophagus and into the stomach.
Exercise can: Loosen mucus in the lungs so it can be coughed up easier; Cause coughing, which helps clear the lungs; Strengthen breathing muscles; and Strengthen the heart. Children with CF, like all children, should be physically active. Most children with CF have no limitations when it comes to exercising. In fact, exercise has many benefits for children with CF. 44 How CF Affects the Body Regular exercise helps most people with CF. Remember, extra fluids and salt should be taken when exercising and sweating more.
Oral antibiotics are used to treat mild pulmonary exacerbations. They work against most bacteria, but do not always work against Pseudomonas. Your CF doctor can tell you if oral antibiotics are needed and which are best for you or your child. Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are solutions with antibiotics that are put into the blood through an IV catheter. If oral antibiotics do not work, IV antibiotics may be needed. This often means a hospital stay, but many CF care centers prescribe IV antibiotics, to be given at home to some of their patients.