Chest / Lung

There are many conditions that affect the lungs and airways, from simple coughs and colds to more complex, life-long conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis. This section has information on all of them. If you want to know “Are my symptoms just a cold, or is it more serious?” or “How do I look after my asthma?” you will find helpful information here in our doctor-authored leaflets. We will answer questions about usual investigations such as “What is spirometry?” and also treatments, like “Which inhalers do I need for COPD?”.

Acute BronchitisAcute Exacerbations (Flare-ups) of COPD
Acute Exacerbations (Flare-ups) of COPD - SymptomsAcute Exacerbations (Flare-ups) of COPD - Treatment
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin DeficiencyAsbestos-related Diseases
Aspiration PneumoniaAspiration Pneumonia - Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications, Prognosis and Prevention
Aspiration Pneumonia - Symptoms and CausesAsthma
Asthma - Peak Flow DiaryAsthma - Peak Flow Meter
Asthma - Picture SummaryBornholm Disease
Breathlessness/Breathing DifficultiesBronchiectasis
Cancer of the LungChest Infection
Chest Infection - DiagnosisChest Infection - Prevention
Chest Infection - SymptomsChest Infection - Treatment
Chest PainChildren with Breathing Difficulties
Children with Breathing Difficulties - CausesChildren with Breathing Difficulties - Self-help
Children with Breathing Difficulties - SymptomsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Persistent Cough in AdultsChronic Persistent Cough in Adults - Causes
Chronic Persistent Cough in Adults - DiagnosisChronic Persistent Cough in Adults - Treatment
Common Cold (and Other Upper Respiratory Tract Infections)Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation
Controlled Breathing (Pursed Lips Breathing)Costochondritis
Costochondritis - CausesCostochondritis - Symptoms
Costochondritis - TreatmentCostochondritis - When to see a doctor
CoughCough Caused by a Virus
Cough MedicinesCoughing up Blood (Haemoptysis)
Coughs and Colds in ChildrenCroup
Croup - SymptomsCroup - Treatment
Cystic FibrosisEndobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration
Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis)Hiccups (Hiccoughs)
Hiccups (Hiccoughs) - Symptoms, Causes and DiagnosisHiccups (Hiccoughs) - Treatment and Complications
Idiopathic Pulmonary FibrosisInhalers for Asthma (including Inhaled Steroids)
Inhalers for COPD (including Inhaled Steroids)Legionnaires' Disease
MucolyticsObstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome
Oral BronchodilatorsOral Steroids
Oral Steroids - Cautions and contraindicationsOral Steroids - Interactions
Oral Steroids - Side-effectsOral Steroids - Uses
Pleural EffusionPleurisy
Pneumococcal ImmunisationPneumonia
Pneumonia - CausesPneumonia - Outlook and Prevention
Pneumonia - SymptomsPneumonia - Treatment
PneumothoraxPulmonary Embolism
Pulmonary OedemaRespiratory Failure
Respiratory Failure - CausesRespiratory Failure - Complications
Respiratory Failure - DiagnosisRespiratory Failure - Symptoms
Respiratory Failure - TreatmentSarcoidosis
SARS (including the MERS Virus)Spirometry
Sweat TestThe Lungs and Respiratory Tract
TuberculosisTuberculosis - Causes
Tuberculosis - DiagnosisTuberculosis - Prevention and prognosis
Tuberculosis - Symptoms Tuberculosis - Treatment
Use of Oxygen Therapy in COPDVideo-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
WheezeWhy Wasn't I Prescribed Antibiotics?