Factsheets

Read our factsheets about a variety of lung conditions and topics linked to lung health such as, quitting smoking, exercise, and vaccination.

air-pollution-risks-web

Air quality and lung health – the risks

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Air travel when you have a lung condition
Allergic rhinitis or ‘hayfever’
Asthma and pregnancy

Asthma and pregnancy

Asthma is one of the most common conditions that co-exists with pregnancy. As well as asthma affecting your pregnancy, your pregnancy can also have an impact on your asthma symptoms.…

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Asthma in elite athletes

Asthma in elite athletes

This factsheet attempts to explain the increased occurrence of asthma and bronchial hyperresponsiveness among elite athletes, and give information about recommended treatment and testing regulations

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Bird flu

Bird flu

Bird flu (avian influenza) has been an important topic in the news since it was first seen in humans. Although there have been lots of reports about the illness, do…

Bronchiectasis
Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine your windpipe, airways and lungs. This factsheet explains what the procedure involves, why it is used and two case studies…

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ChILD – Children’s interstitial lung disease
Chronic cough

Chronic cough

Everyone experiences cough at some point in their lives. Healthy people will cough for protection, in order to clear the airways of substances that irritate the lungs such as smoke…

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
COVID-19 Factsheet
Difficult-to-treat and severe asthma
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Dirty air and your lungs

Donating your lungs; a choice for life
E-cigarettes, heat-not-burn and smokeless tobacco products
Exercise and air quality: 10 top tips
Health-related quality of life
Healthy Lungs during COVID-19

Healthy Lungs during COVID-19

Indoor air pollution and the lungs
Information for family/friends of those admitted to hospital with COVID-19
Information for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19
IPF – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Living an active life with COPD

Living an active life with COPD

Keeping active when you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be challenging as breathing takes much more energy and effort than normal. This factsheet is designed for people with…

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Living well with COPD
Lung cancer

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is a cancer of the trachea (windpipe), bronchi (airways) or lung air sacs (alveoli). This factsheet will look specifically at the two main types of lung cancer that…

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Lung cancer screening
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare lung condition that mainly affects women of childbearing age. Although it has been reported in men, it is extremely rare. It is estimated that three…

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Managing breathlessness at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Managing breathlessness at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many conditions, such as heart or lung diseases, cause breathlessness. Breathlessness can be very frightening and distressing, even in milder cases. Breathlessness may be made worse by fears about the…

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Managing bronchiectasis in adults

Mental wellbeing and lung health
Mould, damp and the lungs
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
Outdoor air pollution and the lungs

Outdoor air pollution and the lungs

The average adult breathes over 15 cubic metres of air every day. Although pollutants in the air are often invisible, they can have serious effects on our health, including the…

Patient and public involvement
Pneumonia

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is caused by an infection in the lungs. The infection affects the air sacs in the lungs rather than the tubes that carry air to and from the lungs.…

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Preterm birth and the lungs

Preterm birth and the lungs

In recent years, the number of children surviving premature birth has grown. This means that there is potential to be an increase in the number of children and adults in…

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Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP)
vaccination

Protect your lungs: get vaccinated

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a clot in the blood vessels in the lungs and is a medical emergency. If you think you might have a pulmonary embolism, it is important…

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Pulmonary rehabilitation in adults
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Rare and ‘orphan’ lung diseases
Rare lung cancers

Rare lung cancers

There are several different kinds of lung cancer, often referred to as lung cancer subtypes. Some of these occur more often than others. In this factsheet we will specifically look…

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Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis

This factsheet is about sarcoidosis symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explains how sarcoidosis affects people. It is for anyone affected by the condition whether you are newly diagnosed or…

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Sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea

This factsheet has been written to help you understand more about sleep apnoea, what it is, what causes it, what the signs and symptoms are, how it can be diagnosed…

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Smoking and the lungs
Smoking when you have a lung condition
Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, telecare or e-health, is a new approach to healthcare, which uses technology to help you, as a patient, to manage your own condition from home

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Testing your lungs: spirometry
The normal lung

The normal lung

To help understand different lung conditions and to maintain healthy lungs, we should be familiar with how the lungs look and work.

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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (sometimes called TB) is a disease caused by an infection commonly in the lungs, although it can occur in other parts of the body. The infection causes lots of…

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Work-related lung conditions
Your lungs and exercise

Your lungs and exercise

Regular physical activity and exercise improves quality of life, whether you are healthy or you have a lung condition. Many people associate keeping fit with maintaining a healthy heart, losing…

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