9 Ways Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Body


Nose and Sinuses

Cystic fibrosis patients can often suffer from nasal polyps, which are swellings that grow in the nose and sinuses. These polyps can grow either singly or in groups and can lead to congestion, a runny nose, sinus pain and a loss of sense of smell. The polyps can either be surgically removed or treated with steroids.

Because of the build-up of mucus, people who have cystic fibrosis suffer from sinus problems, which can lead to facial pain around the nose and eyes, congestion, loss of taste and smell, and needing to clear the throat constantly.

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