Living with a lung condition

If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition, it’s likely that you’ll have lots of questions.

As well as thinking about the condition itself – what treatment options are available to you and how you will manage the symptoms, for example – you might well have concerns about how to cope with the impact your lung condition will have on your day-to-day life.

Living with a lung condition doesn’t mean life has to stop, but it will inevitably affect you in different ways.

You might have to think about your diet and how the weather affects your symptoms. You may also be wondering how to approach activities that typically trigger breathlessness, like exercise and sex, and whether you’ll still be able to travel and do the things you’ve always enjoyed.

Many people also find their mood and way of thinking changes. It’s not uncommon for someone with a long-term condition to feel depressed or anxious, or to worry about work and finances.

This section aims to address all of these concerns – and many more that you may have. It contains lots of useful information about living with a lung condition and how to make the most of life.

Male patient talking to female respiratory doctor
Getting the best from your doctor
Have you ever come out of your doctor’s surgery feeling that you haven’t got the answers you went in for? These tips can help you get the most from an appointment with your doctor.
Getting the best from your doctor
Pulmonary rehabilitation class
Exercise and eating well
A healthy lifestyle is very important to help you manage your symptoms and get the most out of life. Learn how exercise and eating a balanced diet can help you to live well with a lung condition.
Exercise and eating well
Smoking cigarettes
We all know smoking can damage our lungs, but do you know why? Finding out the facts can help to motivate you, your friends and your family to try to stop smoking.
Smoking and the lungs
Man polishing furniture
Your home and your lungs
If you have a lung condition such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you might feel that certain things in your home can trigger your symptoms, leading to coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
Your home and your lungs
BLF respiratory nurse with female patient
Going home from hospital
A handy 18-point guide of things to think about when you are discharged after a flare up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Going home from hospital
Helpline officer at the British Lung Foundation
Benefits and financial support
An outline of the benefits that you may be entitled to in the UK if you have or you are caring for someone with a lung condition.
Benefits for people with lung conditions
Couple on boating holiday
Going on holiday
Information on how you can plan and enjoy a relaxing holiday in the UK or abroad and helpful tips about insurance, travelling with oxygen and travelling by plane.
Going on holiday with a lung condition
End of life
End of life
This information is for people with a long-term lung condition who are coming to the end of their life. It is also for those who are close to them, including their carers, family and friends.
End of life
NHS Health Check
NHS Health Check
If you’re 40-74, you will be invited to take an NHS Health Check. The check is completely free will look for any early warning signs of long term conditions.
Find out more about the NHS Health Check

If you are worried about anything or have any other questions that aren’t answered here, you can call the British Lung Foundation Helpline on 03000 030 555. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and calls are charged at a local rate.