Yes, patients with cystic fibrosis are very often, due to the condition of cystic fibrosis, affected by bacterial infections.
Phage therapy is used to treat bacterial infections and can therefore be perfectly prescribed in these cases.
Please look at the page "what does phage therapy treat" to check if your infections can be treated by phagotherapy.
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No, in the 100 years that phagotherapy has been used, there are no known side effects.
However, it should be noted that very rare patients have had difficulty tolerating the inhalations.
However, as a matter of principle, it is advisable to do the first inhalations under medical supervision.
The only danger, which is permanent, is the more or less advanced weakness of such patients for whom a deterioration of the cystic fibrosis conditions (deterioration of the lungs), independently of the treatment by phagotherapy which has no known incidence, can occur at any time, even during phage therapy: natural deterioration, deterioration following a great fatigue, deterioration following another parallel infection, a "cold", etc.
First of all, the patient meets with a pulmonologist who will do an examination of his case. He will prescribe at least bacteriological analyses, but probably X-rays of the lungs, etc.
Based on the results of the analyses, the doctors will know which phages are the most virulent, or even whether an custom phage should be created.
Then the treatment will begin: daily visit to the doctor, inhalations of phagic solutions in his presence, verification of the improvement of the symptoms, new battery of analyses to monitor the evolution. Phages will also be given to drink. Even if these will not go directly into the lungs, they will spread throughout the body and will contribute to the balance of the microbiota, to prevent the spread of the infection.
Then, the patient will benefit from a better adapted dosage and will be able to go home and continue taking phages by himself.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
Generally, cystic fibrosis patients reinfect themselves regularly, due to the conditions of cystic fibrosis. As with most phage therapy treatments, the initial treatment takes 3 weeks: one week to do the tests and receive the results, 2 weeks of treatment under medical supervision, and then a treatment taken by each patient at home. They then need to take phages for very long periods. Most of them come back once a year for a few days, to do the tests again and to make sure that the phages are effective on the evolution or not of their infection.
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WHAT RESULTS TO EXPECT
The results are very variable and also depend on the conditions of each patient:
-if the lungs are in good condition, if the immune conditions are satisfactory, spectacular results can appear (and are often seen!), phages can replace anbtitbiotics for several years, comfort conditions return to a state of near normality with a cessation of coughing.
-If the lungs are mechanically particularly degraded, the symptoms of improvement may not be very convincing, although the phages will have helped to stabilize or decrease the infection.
-Finally, cases of failure can also occur
TESTIMONIAL OF ESTEBAN,
SUFFERING FROM CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND TREATED IN GEORGIA BY PHAGE THERAPY
I am 43 years old and I have cystic fibrosis and insulin-dependent diabetes.
I am colonized since I was 9 years old by the Pseudomonas aeruginosa (pyocyanic) which causes me many pulmonary problems. I regularly take anti-pyocyanic antibiotics by vein, which causes me significant side effects and resistance to many antibiotics.
CAUCASUS HEALING".Having seen by chance a TV report about phage therapy, I tried the Georgian adventure accompanied by the team of "
Not only did I find a treatment well beyond my expectations, but I also met a warm, caring people, rich in culture and traditions.
In only a few days, my health improved considerably...I started to feel less breathless, to cough much less, to feel the air penetrate my lungs and especially...to be able to sleep normally like a normal person.
When I came back, I found my 4 year old son with whom I can now play fights, jump on the trampoline, play soccer, go for bike rides...in short, enjoy all the important moments of life that I was deprived of before.
For me, it is a second chance on life that the bacteriophages offered me.
I can never thank enough the whole team of "Cacausus Healing" for all the organization of my stay as well as the doctors of the Eliava clinic!
Zviad, my driver and Tamouna, my interpreter, will always remain in my heart!
"Caucasus Healing" is a brand of " Voyager en Georgie," Georgian receptive travel agency registered in Tbilisi under the number B151011118 , approved by the Georgian Ministry of Tourism and the Eliava Institute of phage therapy.