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12 Days of Disability Awareness Day 10: Cystic fibrosis ☃️

Cystic fibrosis or CF is an inherited condition that causes the build-up of sticky music in the lungs and digestive system. The build-up of the mucus can cause lung infections and problems with digesting food.

Symptoms can start during early childhood or at birth and vary from child to child. The condition does get worse over time, with the lungs and digestive system becoming more damaged.

There are treatments available to reduce the symptoms caused by CF however sadly, life expectancy is generally shortened. Treatments can include physical activity to clear the airway using specific techniques, as well as medication.

Some of the symptoms of CF may include:

- Chest infections

- Wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath

- Difficulty growing and putting on weight

- Yellowing skin

- Bowel obstruction or constipation

For more information on cystic fibrosis, please check the NHS website.

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