Managing Breathlessness

Breathlessness is a common symptom of respiratory disease including aspergillosis, but there is a lot we can do to help ourselves fight breathlessness.

The British Lung Foundation have produced this article to help explain why even when all of our clinical tests are giving us results that say out breathing is in good shape, we may still feel breathless. All links take you to the BLF website www.blf.org.uk

Breathing habits

Breathing control

Breathing techniques

Positions to help you recover from breathlessness

Obstructive and restrictive lung conditions

Evidence suggests that how breathless you feel doesn’t always match up that well with the results of lung function tests and scans. This is because it’s not just lung function that affects how out of breath you feel. Breathlessness is also affected by the way you breathe, your lifestyle and how you think and feel about your breathing:

How you think and feel about your breathing is important. For example, a worrying thought can make you feel anxious and make you feel breathless. This could perhaps make you feel panicky and bring on physical symptoms such as a tight chest or fast breathing.

When you have a long-term lung condition, you can feel anxious. Because being anxious interacts with your physical symptoms and can increase your feelings of breathlessness.  It’s important to talk to your health care professional about what help is available for you. Read more about coping with anxiety and a lung condition.

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