Treatment

Whether it’s a short course of antibiotics to treat a mild infection, or a permanent supply of oxygen to help you to breathe, most lung conditions require treatment in some form or another.

This section provides information on the following types of treatments:

  • Complementary therapies
  • Lung transplantationthe replacement of one or both diseased lungs with the healthy lungs of a donor
  • Lung volume reduction surgerythe removal of the damaged air spaces of the lung so that healthy parts can inflate and work better
  • Nebulisersa powerful drug delivery system to get medication into the lungs effectively
  • Non-invasive ventilationtreatment to get oxygen into the lungs via a ventilator and a face mask
  • Oxygen used to correct a low oxygen level in the blood and help to ease breathlessness
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation a programme of physical exercise and advice on lung health
  • Steroidsmedication prescribed in oral or inhaled form, used to treat a number of different conditions
  • Antibioticsmedication used to treat infections caused by bacteria