Florence Pugh discusses a medical condition that forced her to move to Spain

Florence Pugh has opened up about having tracheomalacia, a medical condition that affects her breathing, and why it meant her family had to move to Spain when she was younger.

The Don’t worry, honey star, 26, opened up about the condition and its impact on her childhood during Monday’s episode Running wild with Bear Gryllswhere she revealed that doctors had advised her to move from her home in Oxford, England, to somewhere with a “hotter climate”.

“We were in Spain because I had a breathing problem, and when I was younger I was just advised that a hotter climate would be better,” Pugh said, according to Yahoo. “I have asthma and I also have this thing called tracheomalacia. So, from a young age I just had a different respiratory system.”

Tracheomalacia is a condition that occurs in a newborn when “the cartilage in the trachea, or trachea, has not developed properly,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, which notes that the “skinny” walls of the trachea lead to breathing difficulties shortly after birth. Fortunately, the condition and associated breathing problems usually go away on their own, but it can lead to respiratory ailments and persistent coughing.

According to Pugh, the condition she notes is the cause of her hoarse voice now usually only affects her when she’s sick. “Now as an adult, unless I get sick, it really doesn’t affect me as much as it did when I was younger,” she said.

However, the actor still continues to take precautions to protect himself from respiratory problems related to the medical condition, with Pugh recently saying Harper’s Bazaar that’s why she spent the first part of the Covid-19 lockdown in the warm climate of Los Angeles, California.

This isn’t the first time Pugh has opened up about her medical condition and her family’s move to Spain to protect her health, she said Vogue in 2020 that she lived in the country from three to six years with her parents and two older siblings, Arabella and Sebastian, after doctors suggested a move would be beneficial.

At the time, Pugh revealed that she spent a significant amount of time in hospitals as a young child due to the medical condition, but that now she just has a “very scary cough”.

While I was talking to Sue Perkins on her podcast Sue Perkins: About an hour with… in July 2020, Pugh revealed that she spent the first part of the pandemic in California and under her mother’s guidance, noting that her mother “always had to be aware of new diseases, new diseases that potentially could really harm me,” as she was diagnosed with the condition as a child.

“I’ve had this breathing thing since I was little, so my mom always had to be aware of new diseases, new diseases that could potentially really hurt me,” Pugh explained, adding, “When I was a kid, it was always me going . But now that I’m older, I don’t get sick, but when I do, it’s with the same intensity as when I’ve always been sick.”

In the last episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The ChallengePugh and Grylls make their way through the Costa Rican rainforest, with a preview clip showing the pair having to descend from a helicopter into the dense forest.

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