Factsheets

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

Air travel when you have a lung condition
Allergic rhinitis or ‘hayfever’
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a genetic condition which increases the risk of lung and/or liver diseases. People with AAT deficiency have low levels of AAT protein in their blood…

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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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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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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 – Information for family/friends of those admitted to hospital with COVID-19

COVID-19 – Information for family/friends of those admitted to hospital with COVID-19

COVID-19 can cause minor to serious illness. Your family member/friend has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 so that we can monitor their breathing. Their breathing may need to be…

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COVID-19 – Information for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19

COVID-19 – Information for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19

COVID-19 can cause minor to serious illness. You have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 so that we can monitor your breathing. Your breathing may need to be supported with…

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COVID-19 Factsheet
Diagnosing adult asthma: understanding the professional guideline
Diagnosing and treating chronic cough in adults – Understanding the professional guidelines
Difficult-to-treat and severe asthma
Donating your lungs; a choice for life
Exercise and air quality: 10 top tips
Health-related quality of life
Indoor air pollution and the lungs
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 bronchiectasis in adults – Understanding the professional guidelines
Mental wellbeing and lung health
Mould, damp and the lungs
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
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)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Pulmonary rehabilitation in adults
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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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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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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