Managing Refractory MAC Pulmonary Disease

Treatment of Refractory MAC pulmonary disease

Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) pulmonary disease is a challenging condition to treat, particularly when standard therapies fail. When patients continue to test positive for MAC despite undergoing treatment, the disease is considered refractory. Here we will explore what refractory MAC pulmonary disease is, how it’s diagnosed, and the steps that can be taken to try…

Hay Fever and Respiratory Health

Hay fever season

Understanding Hay Fever Hay Fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust, or animal dander. It affects a significant number of people worldwide, and its symptoms can be particularly challenging for those with existing respiratory conditions. Seasonal variability In the UK, hay fever allergens vary by…

Understanding Globus Sensation: The Sensation of a Lump in the Throat

Globus sensation - chronic cough

Globus sensation, commonly described as the feeling of a “lump in the throat,” is a prevalent condition that, while typically harmless, can cause significant discomfort and anxiety. Here we looks into the various causes, its potential impact on conditions like chronic cough, and effective strategies for diagnosis and management. What is Globus Sensation? Globus sensation…

Bronchiectasis Consultation: Key Symptoms and Essential Information for Your Doctor

Bronchiectasis consultation

Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease where the airways widen abnormally, trapping mucus and causing persistent infections. Recognising symptoms early and discussing them accurately with your doctor is crucial for effective management. This article will explore the essential information that you have to let your doctor know when having a bronchiectasis consultation with your specialist….

Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO): A Quick Guide


Understanding Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) Ever pondered what your breath could reveal about your health? Measurement of FeNO is a useful and non-invasive way to understand if you have a specific type of inflammation in your airways. In essence, FeNO measures a specific type of gas in your exhaled breath, shedding light on the…

Smoking Cessation: Your Questions Answered

Smoking cessation

Has the decision to stop smoking finally been made? You’ve made a wise choice, and this guide will provide you with all the support and information you need on your journey to smoking cessation. We answer all your queries about quitting smoking, ranging from the hazards associated with smoking to the most effective strategies to…

Navigating the Risks of Year-Round Respiratory Viruses

Respiratory viruses all year round

Gone are the days when respiratory viruses like the flu and the common cold were solely a concern during the brisk British autumn and winter months. This shift in the seasonal pattern of these illnesses may have left you puzzled and concerned, especially if you or your loved ones seem to be falling ill outside…

Nebulised Antibiotics in Non-CF Bronchiectasis

Man with bronchiectasis using nebulised antibiotics

Bronchiectasis, a chronic lung condition characterised by widened and damaged airways, can be a challenging beast to tame. But here’s a ray of hope – nebulised antibiotics. They’ve emerged as a game-changer, especially for those with non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis. This article looks into the world of nebulised antibiotics like Colomycin, Gentamicin, Aztreonam, Tobramycin, and…

Breathing Pattern Dysfunction: What is it and what can you do about it?

runner with breathing pattern dysfunction

In this article, we discuss a less known condition – Breathing Pattern Dysfunction (BPD) – a situation that can significantly impact our well-being, health, and quality of life. Introduction to Breathing Pattern Dysfunction Breathing is something we all do, often without a second thought. But what happens when this seemingly simple act becomes irregular or…

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