Respiratory conditions affect our lungs and respiratory (breathing) system.
We take around 17,000 breaths each day through our respiratory system – made up of the nose and mouth, windpipe and two tubes that connect the windpipe to each lung. The lungs are vital for supplying oxygen to our organs.
Common respiratory conditions including asthma and bronchitis vary a lot in severity. Respiratory diseases like cystic fibrosis and lung cancer are usually more serious and affect 1 in 5 people. Hospital admissions for respiratory conditions double in number in winter.
A GP can direct you towards treatments and therapies to help manage your respiratory symptoms.