• Asthma is defined as variable airflow limitation, with variable respiratory symptoms, which may include cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheeze. Asthma onset can be at any age. Asthma is usually reversible, but may become irreversible if it is inadequately treated.

  • Bronchiectasis refers to the dilatation of the smaller airways and thickening of their walls. These form pockets where the phlegm can collect and act as a seat of infection.
    Patients with bronchiectasis may suffer from chronic cough productive of mucus, recurrent chest infections, shortness of breath and wheeze.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), is smoking related lung damage causing airflow limitation, shortness of breath, cough and mucus production. The longer you smoke, and the more you smoke, the more likely you are to develop COPD.

  • Insomnia is a very common problem in the community. It encompasses difficulty falling asleep (sleep onset insomnia) and difficulty staying asleep (sleep maintenance insomnia). Insomnia becomes a problem when it affects daytime function.

  • Sleep apnoea is a very common condition affecting a significant proportion of the population. Many are unaware they have it as patients often feel that they “sleep well”.
    An apnoea refers to a cessation of breathing for a short time. Patients with sleep apnoea can stop breathing many times in an hour.

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