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How noticeable is the salty skin that people get with cystic fibrosis?

How noticeable is the salty skin that people get with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Severity: This would depend on the severity of the disease state in the individual, but by and large, it's enough of a difference from "normal" sweat to make one take notice. Clinically, the sweat chloride level is measured twice to make the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). The cutoff level to make the diagnosis of CF is 60 milliequivalents per liter of sweat chloride. ...Read more

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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract that causes repeated lung infections and inhibits ...Read more


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How noticable is the salty skin on a person with cystic fibrosis?

How noticable is the salty skin on a person with cystic fibrosis?

Not that noticeable: Usually the saltiness of the skin is not extremely noticeable and may not be noticeable at all. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

Depends on ethnicity: CF is a genetic condition inherited from carrier parent. Carrier frequency depends on the ethnic background . 1/25 caucasians have one copy of normal, one copy of a mutated CF gene. Both genes have to be mutated to have cf. Hispanic carrier frequency 1/50, africanam 1/70 , asian 1/90. 1/5000 babies are born with cf, this may be decreasing, since pregnent females are now screened for CF ...Read more

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Why r some people born with small/undeveloped nails and is there a long term fix/cure/resolution and or way to prevent it from being inherited?

Why r some people born with small/undeveloped nails and is there a long term fix/cure/resolution and or way to prevent it from being inherited?

Inheritance pattern: varies from autosomal dominant in which 50% of offspring will have a condition to autosomal recessive, where the gene may be passed on but the condition may not be apparent. There are also many other health conditions that cause abnormal appearing nails, including fungal infection, psoriaisis, iron deficiency, Addison's disease, lung disease, etc. There is no cure/Rx for genetic nail dysplasia. ...Read more

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For someone who has a mild condition of eczema causing the skin to scar and darken is there anything that can get the skin back to its original color?

For someone who has a mild condition of eczema causing the skin to scar and darken is there anything that can get the skin back to its original color?

Possibly: Eczema is frequently well controlled with cortisone type topical medicines. If there is full thickness scarring then improvement will be limited to the extent of damage. The damage most often comes from the excoriation caused by scratching to relieve the itch often accompanying eczema. Antipruritics therefore are important in treatment. ...Read more

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Why/how does someone develop accessory axillary breast tissue and what helps make it less visible without surgery? And can cancer develop there

Why/how does someone develop accessory axillary breast tissue and what helps make it less visible without surgery? And can cancer develop there

Variation of Normal: All women have breast tissue that extends into the armpit; some simply have more. This commonly becomes prominent after puberty or childbirth. While there is no need to remove it, the only option is surgical. Like any other breast tissue, cancer can develop there. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When will the symptoms appear in a person who is affected of cystic fibrosis?

Varies: Newborns can present with bowel obstruction from lthickened meconium , early stool, from lack of normal enzymes.Sometimes bowel atresia and twisted bowel in utero are other manifestations. In child, respiratory symptoms may result with over aeration and asthmatic symptoms from mucus plugging in lungs. Malabsorption, fatty liver, and anemia in early childhood. Some mild forms do not show until later. ...Read more

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A 5-year-old child is diagnosed with congeital generalized lipodystrophy when born. Whether are some better ways to control it in the US?

A 5-year-old child is diagnosed with congeital generalized lipodystrophy when born. Whether are some better ways to control it in the US?

Metabolic specialist: Dr. Abhimanyu Garg @ UT Southwestern Medical Center is a leader in CGL. metreleptin is the standard of care now, you should seek out a board certified metabolic specialist. (Pediatric genetic/metabolic specialist) ...Read more

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Is it true that oil-free moisturizer causes the skin to produce more oil for someone with combination and oily skin (or anyone for that matter)?

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Is it true that oil-free moisturizer causes the skin to produce more oil for someone with combination and oily skin (or anyone for that matter)?

Not likely: The moisturizer mostly stays on the skin surface and its major function is to slow down the evaporation of water from your skin. Usually the body oil serves this function but the oil is washed off by bathing. If you have an oily skin, you should avoid using oil on the skin but oil-free moisturizer would not cause you to produce more oil. ...Read more

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Is there a reason having cystic fibrosis makes your skin salty?

Is there a reason having cystic fibrosis makes your skin salty?

Chloride channel...: The genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis (CF) interferes with the body’s ability to move salt in and out of cells. The salt that cannot be absorbed is excreted through the skin by the sweat glands, resulting in salty sweat. Sometimes, there may even be visible salt deposits on the skin. Salt excretion by the sweat glands is the basis of the most common test used to diagnose cf. ...Read more

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Is it necessary that person with oily skin will have acne?

Is it necessary that person with oily skin will have acne?

No: This is a popular misconception, as your own observations of your friends and neighbors will tell you. The thickness of the skin keratin and other factors also come into play. ...Read more

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Will it be visible to the people around me that i've had a mesotherapy treatment? I work as a news anchor, so my appearance is very important. I'm hoping to get rid of some acne scars and wrinkles on my cheeks. Will mesotherapy leave any bruising? If so,

Will it be visible to the people around me that i've had a mesotherapy treatment? I work as a news anchor, so my appearance is very important. I'm hoping to get rid of some acne scars and wrinkles on my cheeks. Will mesotherapy leave any bruising? If so,

Save your money: See a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. Injecting "vitamins" will be a waste of time & money. Homeopathy is strictly placebo only. For tv you need only makeup. Don't believe the hype. A few blemishes are never ugly. Major scars can be improved with cosmetic proceedures. If it sounds too good to be true, it is not true. ...Read more

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How do some people eject a thin projectile stream of saliva from under their tongue? And what is this called? Can everyone do it?

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How do some people eject a thin projectile stream of saliva from under their tongue? And what is this called? Can everyone do it?

Salivation: It is the act of salivating from the sub-mandibular duct. The action is an involuntary. Very common and normal physiological act. ...Read more

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Can some mild facial capillary telangiectasis get worse with time? Is treatment with laser a must if they aren't too much annoying?

Can some mild facial capillary telangiectasis get worse with time? Is treatment with laser a must if they aren't too much annoying?

Facial capillaries: Yes, facial capillaries can get worse with time, particularly if things that cause their dilatation are continuing. Sun damage is one of the primary causes, so are things that make the face red or warm, like hot showers, spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol, and others. Laser treatment is a personal choice, not a must, although it does help improve the capillaries. ...Read more

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Does dermabrasion result in new skin growth? Will dermabrasion make me grow new skin, and if so, how will it be better than the skin that is there now? .

Does dermabrasion result in new skin growth? Will dermabrasion make me grow new skin, and if so, how will it be better than the skin that is there now?

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Dermabrasion : Dermabrasion is a technique that removes the upper layers of the skin through a variety of techniques. The brush or burr rotates rapidly, taking off and leveling the top layers of the skin. This process injures or wounds the skin and causes it to bleed. As the wound heals, new skin grows to replace the damaged skin that was removed during dermabrasion. Dermabrasion can help with removal of darkly pigmented areas or prior scarring. ...Read more

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I have an oily skin and in the evening or so there is a lot of creamy deposition stored under the skin cells. How to get rid of this problem?

I have an oily skin and in the evening or so there is a lot of creamy deposition stored under the skin cells. How to get rid of this problem?

Cosmetician: I find problems of this nature are best addressed by a specialist in cosmetics and skin care. Start with a visit to the cosmetics department in a large department store and, if advisable, get a further recommendation from the attendant behind the counter. ...Read more

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How noticeable is the salty skin that people get with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Severity: This would depend on the severity of the disease state in the individual, but by and large, it's enough of a difference from "normal" sweat to make one take notice. Clinically, the sweat chloride level is measured twice to make the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (cf). The cutoff level to make the diagnosis of CF is 60 milliequivalents per liter of sweat chloride. ...Read more

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How noticable is the salty skin on a person with cystic fibrosis?

Not that noticeable: Usually the saltiness of the skin is not extremely noticeable and may not be noticeable at all. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how noticable is the salty skin with cystic fibrosis?

Can you tell me how noticable is the salty skin with cystic fibrosis?

Not a reliable sign: Salty taste on kissing is one of the features of cystic fibrosis (CF) due to excess salt loss in sweat of CF patients. The chloride content of sweat is used as a diagnostic test for confirming the diagnosis of cf, but tasting the saltiness of skin is not reliable by itself. If there is a concern about cf, please contact your nearest CF center for an evaluation & sweat test. ...Read more

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Is there a reason having cystic fibrosis makes your skin salty?

Chloride channel...: The genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis (CF) interferes with the body’s ability to move salt in and out of cells. The salt that cannot be absorbed is excreted through the skin by the sweat glands, resulting in salty sweat. Sometimes, there may even be visible salt deposits on the skin. Salt excretion by the sweat glands is the basis of the most common test used to diagnose cf. ...Read more

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Is it bad to get x-rays done when you have cystic fibrosis?

Is it bad to get x-rays done when you have cystic fibrosis?

No: This will not cause a problem, and may help diagnosis a new issue (although not always). ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to get cystic fibrosis without carrying the genes for it?

Can you explain if it's possible to get cystic fibrosis without carrying the genes for it?

No: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetically inherited disease, so CF or cf-related disease (atypical cf, crms) rely on having at least 1 inherited gene. The other part of CF diagnosis is having an elevated sweat chloride. It is possible to have a positive sweat chloride due to other circumstances (thyroid imbalance, trisomy 21), but without CF genetics, there cannot be a diagnosis of cf. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to be cystic fibrosis gene carriers for their child to get it?

Do both parents have to be cystic fibrosis gene carriers for their child to get it?

Yes: It is a recessive trait, so both have to have the gene to pass it to a child. ...Read more

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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

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Can someone get cystic fibrosis as a teenager?

Yes: A small segment of patients affected by cystic fibrosis does not show typical symptoms until teenage and apparently has very mild disease. This depends upon the mutation involving cftr gene (homozygous vs heretozygous so on). ...Read more

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What percentage of female va male fetuses get cystic fibrosis?

50/50: It is about 50/50; there is no real difference in the incidence of cystic fibrosis between males and females. ...Read more

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In cystic fibrosis kids, how do you get them to swallow the enzymes?

Open the capsules: Enzyme capsules can be opened and the beads sprinkled on food or mixed with a food such as applesauce. This works well as long as the food is not acidic and the child doesn't chew the beads. There are also cups with a ledge to hold a pill or capsule that help a child learn to swallow pills with liquids. Teaching a child to swallow jelly beans can also work. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to be cystic fibrosis carriers for a child to get it?

Yes: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease which means that a person needs to inherit 2 abnormal genes in order to have the disease. Those 2 abnormal copies come one each from the 2 parents, so both parents need to be at least carriers. ...Read more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Later in life: Patients with cystic fibrosis often get these bacteria in their airways by adulthood. The vast majority of adult CF patients have airways colonized with pseudomonas aeruginosa (pa). Younger patients (kids) tend not to have pa in their airways, but that can vary. ...Read more

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What can I do if my brother has a mild case of cystic fibrosis and my parents are making me get tested?

What can I do if my brother has a mild case of cystic fibrosis and my parents are making me get tested?

Cystic fibrosis: Good to know if you have the gene because sometimes clinical symptoms do not develope early. Also knowing if you are a one gene carrier (but not affected) helps with family planning in the future. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

See pulmonologist: Consult physician who is pulmonologist ,physician specializing in lung diseases,for examination and advice. Xray examination of chest may be part of workup. Blood and sweat tests are also utilized. ...Read more

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If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years. ?

If you mother is a carrier of cystic fibrosis is it posibble for one of her children to get it in there audlt years. ?

Not going to happen: The predominant forms of CF (70%) come from inheriting a delta f508 mutation from both parents. If the biological dad does not carry a CF gene, delta f508 or any of the dozens of similar minor mutations, the kid cannot suddenly develop CF. Carrier detection is available to test any potential parent, and many suggest people know the status of both if one is a known carrier. ...Read more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pulmonary aspergillosis?

Possible but small %: Many people with cystic fibrosis have aspergillus (a fungus) in their airway, but in the vast majority of cases it does not cause disease. In a small percent of patients it may cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), and that can lead to lung damage. Abpa can usually be treated. ...Read more

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Can you get a pancreas transplant in cystic fibrosis?

Can you get a pancreas transplant in cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Yes you can. Some patients can get a lung pancreas or a liver, pancreas. They have done very well at our institution. ...Read more

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