Lung & Respiratory Conditions


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Whooping cough- why it’s dangerous and who should be vaccinated

Whooping cough- why it's serious and who should be vaccinated     What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious lung infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. It is common, and can have serious complications, particularly in smaller babies for whom it can be life-threatening. Cases have been steadily rising [...]

What is Lupus?

What is Lupus? Selena Gomez has recently had a kidney transplant because of it. It’s often mentioned on medical TV dramas. It provokes interest because it can cause a huge number of symptoms, and it can be very tricky to diagnose. But what exactly is Lupus? Lupus is a chronic (long term) condition [...]

Do I have Asthma? How is it diagnosed & treated?

Do I have Asthma? How is it diagnosed? What is asthma? The airways (tubes) that take air from your throat to your lungs are surrounded by tiny muscles. These muscles are involuntary - you have no control over them. When they contract (squeeze), the airways become narrow and air can’t pass through them [...]

Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

Thunderstorm Asthma- learning from the past & preparing for next time What Happened in Melbourne back in November 2016? 9 people lost their lives, hundreds of people were hospitalised and thousands of people were affected by breathing problems due to thunderstorm asthma. Medical services were overwhelmed by an unexpected surge in sudden-onset attacks of [...]