Sodium chloride is a common medication for #CF that is inhaled through a nebulizer. So essentially it is like breathing in salt air, the reason it works is because it increases the amount of sodium in the airways. The salt attracts water into the airways, which thins my normally sticky mucus, allowing me to easily cough it out and any bacteria that is stuck in my lungs with it. Now it comes in varying percentages and I have normally been on an easy 3% because of living by the beach.
After moving my doctors and I agreed without the salt air in my environment I should increase my percentage of sodium chloride to 7%. The issue with this is that EVERY time I have used it in the path my normally raspy voice has turned into the voice of a 90 year old smoker and no one can even understand me 😅 .
This morning I have a question for my fellow #cysticfibrosis community to see what tips and tricks they have for inhaling 7% so that I don't end up sounding like an avid smoker who spent the whole weekend screaming or feeling like a cat scratched the inside of my throats all night. I would love any suggestions, there's always more to be learned about #CFlife!!! 💜💜