Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms
Most people who have cystic fibrosis have symptoms. Symptoms depend on which organs are affected and how severe the condition is. Some people have few or no symptoms, while others experience severe symptoms or life-threatening complications. Symptoms can get better and worse at different times.
People who are carriers may have a few symptoms of cystic fibrosis that are usually mild.
What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis most often affects the lungs. Some people who have cystic fibrosis have wheezing and a cough that can produce Learn more about how the lungs work.or blood.
Other symptoms depend on the organs affected and can include:
- Blocked intestine in a baby soon after birth
- of fingers and toes due to less oxygen getting to the hands and feet
- Delayed puberty
- Fertility problems, especially for males
- Fever, which may include night sweats
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as severe belly pain, chronic (long-term) diarrhea, or constipation
- Infections of and lungs
- , or yellowing of the skin and eyes, for an abnormally long time after birth
- Low (BMI) or being underweight
- Muscle and joint pain
- Pancreatitis ( of the pancreas)
- Salty skin and extra-salty sweat
- Slow growth and shorter height
When to call the doctor
Cystic fibrosis may have serious complications. Call your doctor right away if you believe you have any of the following.
- Pulmonary involves a worsening of lung symptoms, such as more coughing or wheezing, chest congestion, and a change in mucus color. You may also have weight loss, a poor appetite, or fever.
- Coughing or spitting up blood may be a sign that an artery has broken and is bleeding into the airway.
- Sudden shortness of breath or chest pain may be a sign of a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung.