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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that is inherited. It causes an excess of mucus to build up in large amounts within the lungs and digestive system. This can cause difficulties with lung infections and difficulties digesting food correctly. Symptoms of cystic fibrosis are usually noticed in early childhood and varies in severity from person to person, however it gets more progressive over time. This means that mucus builds up more as the person get older, this damages the lungs and digestive system more and more as the years go on.


Cystic Fibrosis is an illness that effects the lungs and digestive system, however it has the following symptoms that are looked out for:

  • Frequent chest infections

  • Damaged airways causing difficulty breathing, dry coughing and wheezing

  • Difficulty gaining weight and sometimes growing

  • Yellow tint to the whites of the eyes and skin

  • Painful diarrhoea and constipation

  • Obstruction of the bowels in new born babies

Practical Help For Cystic Fibrosis

Naturally working with Cystic Fibrosis can be difficult depending on the severity of your condition. Some can continue a relatively normal life however some may struggle with breathing and eating their whole lives. Disability Support Project is aware that the symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety so can assist with benefits applications (form filling), appeals, and tribunals for the following:

More help with Cystic Fibrosis

Your GP should provide you with guidance and might refer you to an occupational therapist. You can also find more support and information on the links below:

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