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This page offers articles about asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to spot signs that a child's asthma is not under control

How to spot signs that a child's asthma is not under control

Parents may feel overwhelmed to learn their child has a chronic illness such as asthma. According to Dr Will Carroll, a consultant respiratory paediatrician in the UK, parents have a vital role in helping children manage their asthma correctly.

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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.

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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.

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Is it asthma? When to worry about breathing problems

Is it asthma? When to worry about breathing problems

Having trouble breathing can often be put down to an asthma flare-up. Still, feeling out of breath can cause anxiety. Here’s how to know when to seek outside help.

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What people with asthma and COPD should know about the coronavirus

What people with asthma and COPD should know about the coronavirus

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by novel type coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In most cases the disease will cause mild or moderate respiratory symptoms and those infected will recover without any special treatment.

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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?

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Dry Powder Inhalers have the power to reduce the carbon footprint of inhalers

Dry Powder Inhalers have the power to reduce the carbon footprint of inhalers

How to minimize CO2 emissions without compromising good care?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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6 tips for using your inhaler more efficiently

6 tips for using your inhaler more efficiently

Read these 6 tips that might make forgetting your preventive inhaler a thing of the past.

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Common questions about inhaled corticosteroids

Common questions about inhaled corticosteroids

Take a look at some common questions on preventative asthma meds.

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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.

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Is your treatment plan working?

Is your treatment plan working?

Work through this checklist to see if it’s time you visited your healthcare provider.

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5 features your inhaler should have

5 features your inhaler should have

There are a few features to look for while working with your medical provider to find the right type of inhaler.

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Where does my asthma come from?

Where does my asthma come from?

Read more about the brief history and causes of asthma.

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Asthma and COPD medication options

Asthma and COPD medication options

The right medication manages your symptoms and helps you to get back to doing the things you enjoy.

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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.

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5 common childhood asthma myths

5 common childhood asthma myths

If you have an asthmatic child read on for the most common myths on childhood asthma.

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COPD, asthma, and the seasonal flu

COPD, asthma, and the seasonal flu

Find out more about how the seasonal flu impacts your COPD or asthma.

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7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

7 steps to getting the most out of your inhaler

These tips will help you master your inhaler technique.


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