How are mild pulmonary symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF) treated?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Mild acute pulmonary exacerbations of cystic fibrosis can be treated successfully at home with the following measures:

  • Increasing the frequency of airway clearance

  • Inhaled bronchodilator treatment (especially if bronchial hyperresponsiveness is present or as part of airway clearance [inhaled bronchodilator followed by chest physical therapy and postural drainage])

  • Chest physical therapy and postural drainage

  • Increasing the dose of the mucolytic agent dornase alfa (Pulmozyme) [58]

  • Use of oral antibiotics (eg, oral fluoroquinolones)


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