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 BronchitisAlpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Asbestos-related DiseasesAsthma
Asthma - Peak Flow DiaryAsthma - Peak Flow Meter
Asthma - Picture SummaryBornholm Disease
Breathlessness/Breathing DifficultiesBronchiectasis
Cancer of the LungChest Infection
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
Cystic FibrosisEndobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration
Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis)Hiccups (Hiccoughs)
Idiopathic Pulmonary FibrosisInhalers for Asthma (including Inhaled Steroids)
Inhalers for COPD (including Inhaled Steroids)Legionnaires' Disease
MucolyticsObstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome
Oral BronchodilatorsOral Steroids
Pleural EffusionPleurisy
Pneumococcal ImmunisationPneumonia
PneumothoraxPulmonary Embolism
Pulmonary OedemaSarcoidosis
SARS (including the MERS Virus)Spirometry
Sweat TestThe Lungs and Respiratory Tract
TuberculosisVideo-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
WheezeWhy Wasn't I Prescribed Antibiotics?