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Signs of Illness

When to Call the Cystic Fibrosis Center


Your/your child's health is our primary concern.  We are available to assist you in maintaining your health and prescribing treatment when necessary.  There is always someone on call to help at any time of day or night.  Here are some things to look for that may require a call to the CF center:

  • Increased respiratory symptoms such as: increased cough and/or sputum production, chest tightness, shortness of breath, increased congestion, wheezing, nighttime awakening due to cough
  • Increased fatigue, fever, lethargy, weight loss, change in appetite
  • Symptoms of dehydration, including excessive thirst, lack of tears, increased sweating, dry mouth, dry diaper, decreased urination, lethargy
  • Any signs of hemoptysis (spitting of blood).  Be prepared to describe color, amount and when it started,( ie. streaking, size of a coin, tablespoon, shot glass)
  • Change in bowel habits, i.e. constipation, diahrrea, loose or greasy stools, blood in stool, nausea, vomitting
  • Abdominal pain, moderate to severe, abdominal distention, bloating, gas, vomitting
  • Unexplained fatigue, increased urination or thirst