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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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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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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

Asthma - Lab Tests Online AU

Asthma is a chronic (long term) inflammatory lung disease which leads to constriction of the airways. Inhalers can open up the airways making it easier to breathe.

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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

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) explained | Consumer Info | Medical Info | NPS MedicineWise

COPD is a long-lasting lung disease where the small airways in the lungs are damaged. Find out about symptoms, causes, diagnosis & treatment.

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Chronic Neonatal Lung Disease | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Bushfire smoke - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Bushfire smoke can affect your lungs. Many farmers already have sensitive lungs or lung disease because they are regularly exposed to a lot of dust and other particles that affect their lungs. You can be affected by smoke from bushfires...

Read more on The National Centre for Farmer Health website

Lung Transplantation

Lung transplantation is an accepted therapy which offers the promise of improved survival and quality of life to selected people with life threatening lung diseases.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

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