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Welcome to Wehale.life - website about asthma and COPD 

Our goal is to improve the lives of people living with asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and increase the awareness about these conditions. You are now at the global Wehale.life website. We offer also 13 country sites in different languages (see MENU in the top right corner). Join us in building well-being!

Choose a suitable section for you below.

Living with asthma

Living with asthma

Read about asthma e.g. asthma symptoms, asthma diagnosis, how to avoid asthma attacks, and find answers on how to live a good life with asthma.

Living with COPD

Living with COPD

Read about COPD e.g. what are the most common COPD symptoms, how COPD is diagnosed, and how to live a good life with COPD.

Patients
For patients

For patients

This section is for asthma and COPD patients who have been prescribed dry powder inhaler called Easyhaler®.

Professionals
For Healthcare professionals

For Healthcare professionals

See what we offer for professionals in different countries


Asthma
How to deal with an asthma attack

How to deal with an asthma attack

From wheezing to tightness in the chest, asthma attacks can cause a range of respiratory symptoms, and they can be potentially dangerous. Read on to learn more about how to deal with an asthma attack.

COPD
Asthma
Care for a cleaner world – Why aiming for carbon neutral care matters, and what it means for asthma and COPD

Care for a cleaner world – Why aiming for carbon neutral care matters, and what it means for asthma and COPD

The detrimental impact of health care on environment and climate can be mitigated through minimising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offsetting – creating carbon neutral care options also for asthma and COPD.

COPD
Asthma
Breathing for happiness

Breathing for happiness

25 September marks World Lung Day – an important day for lung health advocacy and action. In this special feature story, we take a deep dive into the science of breathing with psychologist & researcher Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Asthma
Common questions about inhaled corticosteroids

Common questions about inhaled corticosteroids

Are you concerned about taking corticosteroids to control your asthma? We looked at some common questions when it comes to preventer inhalers.

Asthma
Asthma treatment top tips – what everyone with asthma should know

Asthma treatment top tips – what everyone with asthma should know

Have you ever wondered about the different treatment options available for asthma? We spoke to asthma expert, Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist, Dr Anna Murphy, to take a deep dive into optimum asthma treatment.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

There are many ways for you to control your asthma or COPD better, and one of the most important ways is using your inhaler correctly.

Asthma
5 common asthma myths debunked

5 common asthma myths debunked

Asthma is a common respiratory condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic inflammation of the airways, causing them to be sensitive and narrower. When it is not well managed, it can lead to breathing difficulties.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
Best for the planet and the patient – What to know about the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD care

Best for the planet and the patient – What to know about the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD care

How sustainable is your inhaler? Respiratory specialist, Professor Christer Janson’s ground-breaking study on the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD treatments, has revealed some surprising results.

Asthma
Breathing freely – how to live a good day with asthma

Breathing freely – how to live a good day with asthma

What we can learn from Finland and the Nordics about empowering people living with asthma

Asthma
How to control asthma in children after the COVID-19 pandemic: Tips for parents and teachers

How to control asthma in children after the COVID-19 pandemic: Tips for parents and teachers

Prof. Dr. Christian Vogelberg offers advice on proper care for children living with asthma after the COVID-19 pandemic and a few things to watch out for – like expired medication.

Asthma
Got asthma as an adult? What to know about symptoms and how to control them

Got asthma as an adult? What to know about symptoms and how to control them

Asthma diagnosed later in life can differ from childhood asthma in type, treatment and even the way it develops. But new research from Professor Hannu Kankaanranta is bringing a better understanding of adult-onset asthma and how to control it.

Asthma
Is asthma keeping you awake at night?

Is asthma keeping you awake at night?

Asthma attacks commonly come on at night, but this could be a sign that the condition is not being managed properly. Find out why night-time symptoms occur and what to do about them.

Asthma
Asthmatic Sirpa Ärmänen likes to keep fit by playing golf

Asthmatic Sirpa Ärmänen likes to keep fit by playing golf

Golf has been part of Sirpa Ärmänen's life for over 20 years. Her social hobby provides brisk outdoor exercise – and helps with asthma.

Asthma
Chronic rhinosinusitis and rhinitis and asthma – the connection explained

Chronic rhinosinusitis and rhinitis and asthma – the connection explained

Chronic rhinosinusitis and rhinitis can worsen asthma symptoms and vice versa. An accurate diagnosis will lead to effective treatment.

Asthma
What everyone should know about asthma at work

What everyone should know about asthma at work

Exposures in the workplace can cause allergies and trigger asthma. Even a single high-dose exposure to chemicals can cause a syndrome called irritant-induced asthma.

Asthma
Eco-salon brings relief for asthmatic hairdresser

Eco-salon brings relief for asthmatic hairdresser

Preventable chemical exposure poses an asthma risk in many occupations. One is hairdressing, where many salon workers become sensitized to substitutable synthetics. Asthmatic Outi Sinimäki-Laaksonen was able to stay in the job she loves by opening her own organic salon.

Health
Asthma
A healthy diet may ease asthma symptoms

A healthy diet may ease asthma symptoms

It's possible to prevent your asthma symptoms with healthy diet rich in fish and fresh vegetables.

Facts
Asthma
Most asthma patients use their inhalers incorrectly

Most asthma patients use their inhalers incorrectly

A poor technique might be bad for your asthma. Read more on how to improve your inhalation technique.

Health
COPD
Asthma
Spring’s in the air: 5 ways to take care of your lungs

Spring’s in the air: 5 ways to take care of your lungs

Spring can be a difficult time for people living with asthma and COPD. Read these 5 tips on improving your well-being during spring.

Health
Asthma
How to sleep better with asthma?

How to sleep better with asthma?

Read these four practical steps which help you deal with night-time symptoms.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
Making the most of your inhaler

Making the most of your inhaler

Read these tips on the correct use of your device and the best way to clean, store and look after it.

Asthma
Recipes for balance and well-being

Recipes for balance and well-being

Sara La Fountain, an internationally renowned chef, shares her philosophy for using food as a source of inspiration, enjoyment, and overall well-being.

Asthma
Having a video call with your doctor about asthma? – what to know

Having a video call with your doctor about asthma? – what to know

If you have asthma, does it make sense to see your doctor via a remote appointment? The global COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the number of virtual appointments used in healthcare – but can you get a sufficient level of care online? We talked with Dr. Annette Kainu, who is one of the pioneers in the field in Finland.

COPD
Asthma
Anxiety, stress, shortness of breath? This simple breathing exercise actually helps

Anxiety, stress, shortness of breath? This simple breathing exercise actually helps

When you're out of breath or need relief for stress or anxiety, try this breathing exercise.

Asthma
Good asthma management vital during the pandemic

Good asthma management vital during the pandemic

With pandemic fatigue setting in, it’s easy to let asthma medications slide. But maintaining a good asthma management strategy and keeping your symptoms in check are the best ways for taking care of your lungs, even during the pandemic.

Asthma
Blogger Karoliina Pentikäinen shares life as an asthmatic in the times of pandemic

Blogger Karoliina Pentikäinen shares life as an asthmatic in the times of pandemic

Being an asthmatic can be stressful but influencer Karoliina Pentikäinen has decided not to worry. Caring for her asthma is as important as ever.

Asthma
Regular exercise is good for your health and asthma control

Regular exercise is good for your health and asthma control

Establishing a regular exercise routine has many health benefits – especially for those living with asthma. Jari Parkkari, Professor of Sports and Exercise Medicine, shares his tips for exercising more and boosting your lung health.

Asthma
Tips for teachers: How to support children with asthma at school

Tips for teachers: How to support children with asthma at school

“It’s important for teachers to know when one of their students has asthma so they can support them properly,” says Kaisa Toikko, expert of asthma, allergies and skin diseases at Finland’s Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation.

COPD
Asthma
Top tips from a doctor: How to get ready for your asthma or COPD appointment

Top tips from a doctor: How to get ready for your asthma or COPD appointment

It can be hard to keep track of all the different elements of a face-to-face doctor’s appointment. Lung specialist Dr Silke Mronga, based in Germany, shares tips to help you get the most out of your time with your clinician.

Asthma
Medical terms explainer – 14 common asthma terms and what they mean

Medical terms explainer – 14 common asthma terms and what they mean

Do you find some medical terms hard to understand? Our simple explainer covers some general asthma facts plus lists some common asthma keywords and tells why they’re important.

Asthma
World asthma day 2021: What does international guidance say about COVID-19 and asthma?

World asthma day 2021: What does international guidance say about COVID-19 and asthma?

You may have wondered where the decisions on asthma treatment practises come from. Read more about GINA (the Global Initiative for Asthma) and what are their current recommendations for patients with asthma.

Health
Asthma
Power up your lungs – how to take care of your asthma with exercise in 2021

Power up your lungs – how to take care of your asthma with exercise in 2021

One of the best ways to care for your respiratory system is good exercise. And if your asthma is well controlled, there’s no reason it should stop you from getting the blood pumping. Regular workouts strengthen and build your lung capacity, so there’s no time like the present to try out a new hobby.

Asthma
Asthma in a nutshell – 10 questions and answers about asthma

Asthma in a nutshell – 10 questions and answers about asthma

What causes asthma, how does asthma affect your lungs, and how is it treated? Here are answers to some common questions.

Facts
Asthma
This is how it feels to have an asthma attack

This is how it feels to have an asthma attack

Suddenly being out of breath can feel terrifying even if you know what to do. Three asthmatics tell about their experiences of having an asthma attack and how they cope with it.

Health
Asthma
My asthma diagnosis at 40 was life-changing – in a good way

My asthma diagnosis at 40 was life-changing – in a good way

Just before turning 40 Tanja Heleä got up from her office chair and jumped into an exercise program of first gym, walking and cycling, and then running. Then came the asthma attacks.

Asthma
Does my child have asthma?

Does my child have asthma?

What are the most common asthma symptoms to look for? How would asthma impact your child's quality of life?

Asthma
Do I have asthma?

Do I have asthma?

Having trouble breathing? Having a persistent cough? Here’s how you can tell if you have asthma.

COPD
Asthma
Asthma and COPD travelling tips

Asthma and COPD travelling tips

Make your next holiday symptom-free and focus all your attention and energy on the call to adventure.

Asthma
Can hormones affect my asthma?

Can hormones affect my asthma?

Self-care is important for all women with asthma, especially at times of hormonal change.

COPD
Asthma
Don’t let asthma or COPD ruin your love life

Don’t let asthma or COPD ruin your love life

Here are some tips for not letting asthma get in the way of your love life.

COPD
Asthma
5 tips to boost your immune system for winter

5 tips to boost your immune system for winter

Here are a few useful tips to help you power through the cold and flu season.

Facts
Asthma
How to deal with an asthma attack

How to deal with an asthma attack

We take a look at what’s happening in your body during asthma attack, what triggers it and the immediate actions you should take.

Health
Asthma
Overcoming your fear of an asthma attack

Overcoming your fear of an asthma attack

If you feel a flare-up in your asthma symptoms, it's important to stay calm and positive.

Asthma
Where does my asthma come from?

Where does my asthma come from?

Read more about the brief history and causes of asthma.

Health
Asthma
Does your weight affect your asthma?

Does your weight affect your asthma?

While it has been unclear which comes first – if obesity leads to asthma or if asthma leads to weight gain – recent studies have shown that both are possible.

Health
Asthma
Does your weight affect your asthma?

Does your weight affect your asthma?

While it has been unclear which comes first – if obesity leads to asthma or if asthma leads to weight gain – recent studies have shown that both are possible.

Facts
Asthma
Track your breathing with a peak flow diary

Track your breathing with a peak flow diary

A peak expiratory flow tells gives an overview of the wellbeing of your lungs. Read more and download a PEF diary template.

Asthma
New to asthma? 6 simple steps to breathing easier

New to asthma? 6 simple steps to breathing easier

With good treatment, you can reduce the risk of asthma attacks.


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COPD
Exercise and COPD: five simple steps to getting started

Exercise and COPD: five simple steps to getting started

If you are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, regular exercise can help you to strengthen and open up the muscles in your chest so that you find breathing easier over time.

COPD
Asthma
Care for a cleaner world – Why aiming for carbon neutral care matters, and what it means for asthma and COPD

Care for a cleaner world – Why aiming for carbon neutral care matters, and what it means for asthma and COPD

The detrimental impact of health care on environment and climate can be mitigated through minimising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offsetting – creating carbon neutral care options also for asthma and COPD.

COPD
Asthma
Breathing for happiness

Breathing for happiness

25 September marks World Lung Day – an important day for lung health advocacy and action. In this special feature story, we take a deep dive into the science of breathing with psychologist & researcher Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

There are many ways for you to control your asthma or COPD better, and one of the most important ways is using your inhaler correctly.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
Best for the planet and the patient – What to know about the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD care

Best for the planet and the patient – What to know about the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD care

How sustainable is your inhaler? Respiratory specialist, Professor Christer Janson’s ground-breaking study on the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD treatments, has revealed some surprising results.

COPD
Is your COPD treatment plan up to date?

Is your COPD treatment plan up to date?

Simple adjustments can improve life with COPD. An annual check-up with a doctor is a must.

COPD
Not just a ‘smoker’s cough’: 3 symptoms that could be COPD

Not just a ‘smoker’s cough’: 3 symptoms that could be COPD

Even for people who smoke, respiratory symptoms are not normal or inevitable – and they could be a sign of a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Health
COPD
Asthma
Spring’s in the air: 5 ways to take care of your lungs

Spring’s in the air: 5 ways to take care of your lungs

Spring can be a difficult time for people living with asthma and COPD. Read these 5 tips on improving your well-being during spring.

Facts
COPD
Asthma
Making the most of your inhaler

Making the most of your inhaler

Read these tips on the correct use of your device and the best way to clean, store and look after it.

COPD
Living with COPD: Exercise is the best medicine

Living with COPD: Exercise is the best medicine

Being diagnosed with COPD marked a pivotal transformation in Jaana Koponen’s life. She shares the story of how exercise has slowed down the progression of her symptoms.

COPD
Asthma
Anxiety, stress, shortness of breath? This simple breathing exercise actually helps

Anxiety, stress, shortness of breath? This simple breathing exercise actually helps

When you're out of breath or need relief for stress or anxiety, try this breathing exercise.

Health
COPD
Opera singer’s inspiring tips for stronger breathing

Opera singer’s inspiring tips for stronger breathing

On 17 November 2021, World COPD Day, with its theme “Healthy lungs – never more important” will aim to help boost global awareness of the condition, to share the latest knowledge about this debilitating disease, and to discuss the various ways that can help to reduce the negative impact of COPD worldwide.

COPD
COPD and flare-ups – how to get back on track

COPD and flare-ups – how to get back on track

There are many treatment options and lifestyle choices that can help keep COPD symptoms in check. However, unexpected flare-ups can happen. Read on for some important tips on what to look out for and how to respond if changes in symptoms cause concern.

COPD
Asthma
Top tips from a doctor: How to get ready for your asthma or COPD appointment

Top tips from a doctor: How to get ready for your asthma or COPD appointment

It can be hard to keep track of all the different elements of a face-to-face doctor’s appointment. Lung specialist Dr Silke Mronga, based in Germany, shares tips to help you get the most out of your time with your clinician.

COPD
How to quit smoking and improve COPD symptoms

How to quit smoking and improve COPD symptoms

If you smoke and receive a diagnosis of COPD, one of the first things your doctor may advise is to put down your cigarettes. Quitting is possible and it is the single best thing you can do for your lungs.

COPD
Differences in knowledge about COPD in Finland, Spain and Germany – How well do you know?

Differences in knowledge about COPD in Finland, Spain and Germany – How well do you know?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease for which there is no cure. However, the disease may be managed with the right treatment. In November 2020, the pharmaceutical company Orion Pharma commissioned a survey to find out what level of knowledge exists among ordinary people in Finland, Germany and Spain (N=1,000 for each country) concerning the symptoms and treatment of COPD.

Facts
COPD
COPD in a nutshell – 10 questions and answers about COPD

COPD in a nutshell – 10 questions and answers about COPD

Tightness in the chest, wheezing and a persistent cough can be signs of COPD, which is a chronic lung disease. What causes COPD, what happens to your lungs and how is it treated? Here are answers to some common questions.

Facts
COPD
How do I know if I have COPD?

How do I know if I have COPD?

What is COPD, how is it diagnosed and treated?

COPD
Asthma
Asthma and COPD travelling tips

Asthma and COPD travelling tips

Make your next holiday symptom-free and focus all your attention and energy on the call to adventure.

COPD
Asthma
Don’t let asthma or COPD ruin your love life

Don’t let asthma or COPD ruin your love life

Here are some tips for not letting asthma get in the way of your love life.

COPD
Why do people get COPD?

Why do people get COPD?

While genetics and pollution may play a role, the leading cause for COPD in Europe is tobacco smoke.

COPD
Asthma
5 tips to boost your immune system for winter

5 tips to boost your immune system for winter

Here are a few useful tips to help you power through the cold and flu season.

Health
COPD
How to support someone with COPD

How to support someone with COPD

Dr. Daniela Figueiredo gives advice on how to support your loved one with COPD and yourself.

Health
COPD
How exercise can help with COPD

How exercise can help with COPD

Studies show that exercise can help people with COPD. The key is to go slow and steady.

COPD
Living with COPD – ease the tightness with these fresh habits

Living with COPD – ease the tightness with these fresh habits

Read these steps towards effective COPD treatment.


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