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Chronic respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the airways and structures of the lung. Chronic means a condition that is an ongoing and long-term, as opposed to acute conditions which often come on suddenly and can be severe. Chronic conditions sometimes begin in childhood and can take decades to become fully established. This means there are multiple opportunities to try and prevent them.

Respiratory screening is a way of testing how well your lungs are functioning and diagnosing conditions that can reduce lung function, such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic bronchitis. It may also be used to check for occupation-related lung problems or to assess your lung function prior to major surgery.

We have just passed the autumn equinox, where there the days start to rapidly shorten. This is a sure sign that winter is coming. Whilst this time of year can be a good excuse to be less active and enjoy indoor activities with friends and family, or be more active if you are into your winter sports, the colder weather can cause problems with our lungs and airways. How can you protect yourself and prevent any regular symptoms worsening?

Liberate Healthcare is a growing practice specialising in respiratory health for adults. Our practice is based in Windsor but we treat people from all areas of the UK and beyond.