What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis, also known as ‘CF’, is a progressive genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems. The condition is known to damage the cells that help in the secretion of sweat, mucus, and digestive enzymes. These secreted juices are usually slippery and thin but for those with cystic fibrosis,… Continue reading Little known facts of Cystic Fibrosis
Each and every day, our body produces mucus to ease the movement of foreign objects inside our airways. But what happens when our body produces too much sticky and viscous mucus?
In diseases that stimulate too much mucus production, like cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and COPD, airway clearance techniques and devices are important to clear your airways.
A flutter valve is a one-way valve used in respiratory medicine to prevent air from travelling back along a chest tube.
A flutter valve device, on the other hand, is a device used by individuals to mobilize mucus and expand airways.
When exhaling into the device, a steel ball resting on a cone begins to vibrate, causing oscillation through the whole airway, which in turn mobilizes sticky mucus.
Your body naturally makes mucus every day and its presence isn’t necessarily a sign of anything unhealthy. Mucus (also known as phlegm), when it is produced by your body can help protect you from infection.
When mucus production is chronic and your body does not remove excess mucus from the lungs, it may become a problem, causing breathing difficulties and increased risk of infection.
PEP Therapy is a method used to open up clogged airways and clear mucus. A person undergoes several cycles of breathing into a PEP device to open up their airways. These are then followed by coughing to expel mucus from the airway.
An Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device helps open up clogged airways and expel mucus. OPEP devices are a subtype of Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Devices. This device utilizes a flutter mechanism (not present in some PEP devices) to provide resistance and vibration during exhalation.
Mucus Clearance Devices relate to tools that help dislodge your airway of mucus. These devices are used in respiratory therapy procedures with the goal of easing the expulsion of mucus. Examples of Mucus Clearance Devices include PEP Devices, OPEP Devices and HFCWO.
COPD is a progressive disease with no known cure, treatment can help ease symptoms, prevent complications and its slow progression. At first, you may not even notice any signs except a bit of a cough and shortness of breath, but as the lungs become more damaged, the symptoms become worse and harder to ignore.
Emphysema is a respiratory disease where the millions of tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged or ruptured. As these tiny air sacs are damaged they lose their natural elasticity and this causes the air sacs to close before you fully breathe out (exhale), as a result air gets trapped in the lungs.