Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic condition which impacts the lungs and respiratory system. Individuals suffering from the condition are highly susceptible to recurrent lung infections and may exhibit limited ability to breath over time.
A thick build-up of mucus results in cystic fibrosis which is caused by a defective gene. The accumulating mucus can obstruct airways in the lungs and inhibit the release of digestive enzymes by the pancreas. As a result, the following symptoms associated with cystic fibrosis can be observed.
1. Salty tasting skin
Individuals with cystic fibrosis have unusual levels of salt in their sweat. As a result, they exhibit skin which is salty tasting. In the case of children with cystic fibrosis, parents are often able to taste the salt when they kiss their children.
While sweat glands help keep the body cool by perspiration, in individuals with cystic fibrosis, the salt travels with water to the skin’s surface in the sweat, but it is not reabsorbed. This causes the skin to become salty in taste and individuals with the condition need to keep well hydrated to maintain healthy salt levels in the blood.