Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a respiratory condition that causes breathing problems and other health issues. This condition affects about 35,000 people in the United States.
CF causes thick, sticky mucus that blocks airways and leads to lung damage. The mucus traps germs, thereby increasing the risk of infections. Abnormal mucus can also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
While there is no cure for CF, using a nebulizer can help control respiratory symptoms. Nebulizers help patients get the most out oftheir inhaled treatments by turning medication into a breathable mist that is then delivered directly to their lungs. Patients inhale this aerosolized medicine through a mask or handheld mouthpiece. These medications help clear mucus and manage chronic lung infections.