Millions of people in the UK have breathing difficulties but many do not use their inhalers effectively, potentially putting their lives at risk. Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is tackling this problem with its ‘Breathe with ease’ campaign urging inhaler users to get their technique checked.
It is normal to get out of breath when you have over-exerted yourself, but when breathlessness comes on suddenly and unexpectedly, it is usually a warning sign of a medical condition.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.
Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.
Lung disease affects more than 12 million people across the UK. The British Lung Foundation is leading the fight against lung disease to make sure no one has to face it alone.
- BLF Helpline: 03000 030 555
- BreatheEasy support groups: First Tuesday of the month, 2-4 pm, at West Midlands Bridge Club, Marion Murtagh House, 909 Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3EP.
- BreatheEasy monthly newsletter: ‘Gasper’s Gazette’