Cystic Fibrosis is a serious, progressive condition which requires professional treatment and medication to manage. Currently, there is no cure. However, there are some simple things those with the condition can do at home to minimize CF complications.

  1. 1. Go to the Beach

    Many people with cystic fibrosis use saline nebulizers. The humid air rehydrates their airways, allowing mucus to flow so they can dislodge it by coughing, and because of their condition many cystic fibrosis patients need extra salt to stay healthy. Going to the beach doesn’t give you the same benefit as a saline nebulizer treatment, and it certainly shouldn’t be done in lieu of a treatment. But many CF patients believe that regular trips to the beach have had a positive impact on the management of their condition.

  2. 2. Get Exercise

    Another fun way to help manage cystic fibrosis is getting out of the house and getting some exercise. This can be done through sports, going on a bike ride, going on a walk, or-- this time of year-- enjoying a snowball fight. Anything that keeps you moving helps loosen mucus in your airways and strengthens your heart and lungs.

  3. 3. Don’t Smoke

    Smoking’s bad for your health in general, and especially bad if you have CF. Quitting may not be easy, but’s it’s worth it. Visit smokefree.gov for resources to help you quit.

  4. 4. Don’t Get Sick

    A lot of sicknesses can be avoided with two simple rules: 1). Wash your hands. Especially before eating or after you’ve been hanging out with someone who’s under the weather. 2). Keep your hands away from your face. Germs need an opening to enter your body, and your face provides several. By keeping your hands away, you can keep the germs out.

  5. 5. Water

    Drinking extra fluids is an easy way to thin the mucus in your lungs, making it easier to expel. Plus, water is good for you.