Our bodies contain various different types of mucus. These are usually useful, even important, to us in a wide number of ways. They help to protect us from disease, protect us from damage, and also help provide lubrication when needed.
Mucus is produced in glands that are found all over the body. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that causes mucus glands to secrete mucus that is thicker than usual. This can cause it to accumulate in the body and this can lead to a range of potentially serious complications.
There is, as yet, no known cure for cystic fibrosis but treatment is available that can at least help to ease symptoms.
Symptom #1: Cough
There are different types of cough. Some are dry and harsh, while others are more fluid. Some will also be persistent while others are more sporadic. The type of cough can tell us a lot about what is causing it. This could also help us know how to cure it if possible. Cystic fibrosis is no different and its characteristics can be very telling.
Patients with cystic fibrosis are likely to have a cough that is persistent. Perhaps more telling, though, is that the cough is also likely to produce a thick mucus, which we know as sputum. While a cough is not usually something to be concerned about, you should arrange to speak with a doctor if symptoms persist.