Observing Cystic Fibrosis in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with cystic fibrosis:
- May need to leave class if breathing becomes difficult
- May need to be absent more frequently than other students
- May need to withdraw for medical reasons
- May have difficulty with extreme cold
- NIH Cystic Fibrosis Information
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Mayo Clinic: Cystic Fibrosis
Related Functional Characteristics
Allergies : Students with cystic fibrosis have a much higher susceptibility to allergens which often impacts their ability to breathe.
Breathing Difficulty : Students with cystic fibrosis have difficulty in cold weather and are very susceptible to infection, and may struggle during high pollen seasons.
Chemical Sensitivity : Students with cystic fibrosis should avoid exposure to inhalable chemicals (e.g. cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust) or chemical sprays such as pesticides.
Climate Sensitivity : Extremely cold temperatures can exacerbate breathing difficulties in students with cystic fibrosis, and extremely hot temperatures can increase their sweat production which can lead to dehydration and circulatory complications.
Dietary Needs : Students with cystic fibrosis may need to avoid certain foods which may aggravate symptoms.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with cystic fibrosis may experience physical fatigue due to difficulty breathing, chronic cough, poor quality sleep, chronic pain, dehydration, or other physical symptoms.
Personal Care/ Medical Equipment Needs : Students with cystic fibrosis may require assistance with breathing equipment.
Susceptibility to Infection : Students are highly susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia.
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