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Love Island star Priya Gopaldas details the difficulties of living with an ’embarrassing’ condition

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Love Island star Priya Gopaldas details the difficulties of living with an 'embarrassing' condition

Priya Gopaldas has given an insight into her ’embarrassing’ chronic health condition and reveals she has been forced to explain herself ‘a thousand of times’. 

The former Love Island star who suffers from non-CF bronchiectasis – a condition that occurs when the lung’s airways are damaged and inflamed by large quantities of mucus – has detailed the difficulties of her long time condition.  

The 24-year-old fifth year medical student admitted how she often finds herself having to reassure her patients that her cough is ‘not Covid.’

¿It's not Covid!': Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 24, has detailed the difficulties of living with an 'embarrassing' chronic health condition

¿It's not Covid!': Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 24, has detailed the difficulties of living with an 'embarrassing' chronic health condition

‘It’s not Covid!’: Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 24, has detailed the difficulties of living with an ’embarrassing’ chronic health condition

Speaking to The Sun she said: ‘I’ve learned to explain, ‘It’s a chronic cough, it’s not Covid,’ and I’ve probably used that sentence a thousand times!’

The condition which causes a a chronic cough and excess mucus can also cause her to have regular chest infections. 

Priya received her diagnosis when she was 14-years-old after she ended up in hospital for two weeks with pneumonia. 

She continued: ‘When I got told I had bronchiectasis, it was sort of a relief finally knowing what I had and what I could do to treat it.’

The reality TV star added how her condition inspired her to take up a career in medicine due to all the time spent in hospital with infections when she was younger. 

On managing her condition she explained that running helps to clear her lungs as she gears up to take part in The Ultra Marathon World 250km race in Sri Lanka in March.  

She revealed: ‘A lot of people are surprised by that because usually you don’t think that if you’ve got a lung condition, running or doing any cardio exercise would make it better, but actually I that it does.’  

This comes as she admitted her lung condition makes dating and romantic relationships ‘complicated.’

Speaking to The Mirror last month she explained: ‘I have to explain the cough which is constant and pretty ­uncontrollable. Then there’s the fact I have to rush off and expel the gunk I’m coughing up which isn’t great in a romantic scenario.’

On her short stint on the ITV dating show she added: ‘Being on Love Island has given me a platform and I want to use that constructively. I am very proactive about my illness and manage it really well, so it felt like my duty to other people who were struggling with their breathing.’ 

What is Bronchiectasis? 

  • Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.
  • The most common symptoms of bronchiectasis include:
  • The severity of symptoms can vary widely. Some people have only a few symptoms that do not appear often, while others have wide-ranging daily symptoms.
  • The symptoms tend to get worse if you develop an infection in your lungs. 
  • Bronchiectasis is thought to be uncommon. It’s estimated around 1 in every 100 adults in the UK have the condition.
  • It can affect anyone at any age, but symptoms do not usually develop until middle age.

Source: NHS 

 

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