Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus to become thick and sticky. Mucus is the wet substance inside the nose, throat, airways, and digestive system. Symptoms vary a lot from person to person. They can include coughing, trouble breathing, lung or sinus infections, and belly pain. This condition can affect people's ability to have children.
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. It tends to get worse over time. But new treatments allow many people to live longer as adults. Treatments can include lung therapy, medicines, exercise, and diet changes. Some people with this condition need to take enzymes and vitamins.
Living with cystic fibrosis can be hard. But many people learn to manage it well. You can learn to do self-treatments. Seek and accept support from others with cystic fibrosis and those closest to you.