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Lung diseases

Lung diseases can make breathing in and out difficult. They are common and vary in severity.

Common respiratory lung diseases are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema. Infections such as pneumonia make breathing difficult, and lung cancers, sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis are all serious illnesses. Follow the links below to find trusted information about lung diseases.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) information | myVMC

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition that improves with exercise, quitting smoking and inhaled medicines like oxygen therapy.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | myVMC

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease of the lung

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Inhaler devices for respiratory medicines | Consumer Info | Medical Info | NPS MedicineWise

Learn more about inhaler options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & asthma.

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Nuelin Syrup | myVMC

Nuelin syrup is used to treat severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It contains theophylline, which has anti-inflammatory effects.

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Atrovent Autohaler/Atrovent Forte | myVMC

Atrovent Autohaler/Atrovent Forte is used to treat severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It contains ipratropium bromide.

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Spiriva | myVMC

Spiriva is a maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It contains tiotropium bromide a long-acting anti-cholinergic agent.

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Lung conditions - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) | Better Health Channel

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Exercise and Lung Disease

People who have chronic lung conditions are often less active and can lose their fitness and muscle strength. By exercising regularly, a person’s fitness and muscle strength can be maintained or improved.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

Lung Foundation Australia

Better living with your lung disease You are not alone. Services are available to help you live well with your lung disease

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Health Impacts of Wood Smoke

Wood smoke contains fine particles which are breathed into the lungs. They irritate the bronchial tubes and affect those with pre-existing lung disease, especially asthma, chronic bronchitis & emphysema.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

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