The first step in treating cystic fibrosis is confirming a diagnosis. If you or your doctor suspects your child may have CF, a
This simple, painless test measures the concentration of salt in a person's sweat. A high salt level indicates CF. It is important to have a sweat test done at a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care center, where strict guidelines help ensure accurate results.
Watch the video to hear CF clinicians discuss:
- What CF is and common CF symptoms
- Information about the sweat test
- How a sweat test is done
Learn more about sweat tests and how doctors diagnose cystic fibrosis here.
If your child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, you likely have lots of questions. Can my child live a normal life? How can I help my child get the best possible care? What will my child need to stay healthy? Although it may take you and your family time to adjust to the news that your child has CF, it helps to know that you are not alone.
Learn more about CF -- from diagnosis to living with the disease as an adult -- in "An Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis: For Patients and Their Families," or watch the video series.
Hear Preston Campbell, M.D., our current president and chief executive officer, talk about:
- What it means for your newborn to be positively diagnosed with CF
- Common questions and concerns
- Hope for the future of the disease
Fighting CF is a team effort. Every day, people with CF and their families, health care professionals, researchers, donors, and volunteers work together to advance the search for a cure and improve the
Watch a brief video on how clinical research has made a difference in the lives of people with CF.
We know that a positive CF diagnosis can be scary, but take action by getting involved in your local CF Foundation chapter.