Breathe Easy Week: Holidays and travel insurance for travellers with breathing difficulties

Added 17/06/2014

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This week (16-20 June) is Breath Easy Week, which is organised by the British Lung Foundation to raise awareness of breathlessness and the medical conditions which cause it.

The theme for Breath Easy Week 2014 is early diagnosis. Although it is normal to feel out of breath sometimes, such as after exercise or physical activity, breathlessness as a medical symptom different, it is an unpleasant awareness of difficult or uncomfortable breathing that is greater than you would normally expect.

Breathlessness can be a symptom of lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma or interstitial lung disease, which are all more easily treated if they are diagnosed early.

It is estimated that one in five people in the UK are affected by lung disease with millions more at risk.

Holidays and breathing difficulties: Travel tips from Dr Ruth Handford

Many people suffering from lung conditions will be looking to take a holiday over the next few months, particularly to hotter climates where the air is easier to breathe, if you are one of them, our travel tips from Dr Ruth Handford may be helpful when you are planning your trip.

You should also visit your doctor to discuss your medical condition and your holiday plans.

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Travel insurance and breathing difficulties

Whenever you travel it is very important to buy travel insurance which includes cover for your existing medical conditions, including any lung conditions. is proud to be able to offer travel insurance with cover for all types of lung and respiratory conditions, including COPD, asthma and lung cancer.

To ensure that your medical conditions are properly covered by your travel insurance you must declare them when you get a quote. It should only take a few minutes to declare your medical conditions and you can choose to do it online or by phone, whichever is best for you.

Always check with your doctor or health care professional before you book any trips to ensure that you are fit to travel and be aware that if you choose to travel against your doctors’ advice your travel insurance will become invalid.

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