How Cystic Fibrosis ( Cf ) Is A Serious Disease?

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a serious disease that is life-threatening. This disease is characterized by the buildup of thick mucous in the lungs due to a defective gene within the body. It is a disease that is genetic which means that it is passed down from one’s parents. The disease is genetic because patients with Cystic Fibrosis inherit a defective gene on chromosome 7. This gene is responsible for protein production and the moving of water and salt in and out of the body’s cells. If a person inherits on faulty CF gene from each parent the chances are very high that they will develop Cystic Fibrosis. If the person inherits only one faulty gene from their parents and one normal gene they are known as carriers of CF and usually develop no symptoms of the disease and usually end up living normal lives. However they can pass the faulty gene down to their children. There are six hallmark signs and symptoms of this disease. The first sign or symptom is the patient having very salty tasting skin. This is because the body tries to cool the skin by releasing sweat. The sweat contains water and salt which travel to the epidermis to help cool the skin. On the epidermis water evaporates and the salt is usually reabsorbed into the skin. In patients with Cystic Fibrosis for some reason the salt is not reabsorbed causing the skin to have a salty taste from the excess salt that is sitting in the skin. Another sign and symptom of CF is frequent infections such as Pneumonia and Bronchitis.
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