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What are the causes of Respiratory Diseases?  

In order to feel alive, we need to breathe. We keep on breathing every instant of our life but we rarely realise the importance of the respiratory system in our body. But once it gets trapped into some disease, we fall in trouble. Although we don’t even notice the process of breathing in our routine life, sometimes it becomes a complicated task when the person is suffering from some kind of respiratory disease. Though it is possible to do basic respiratory care at home, before we attempt that, we must gain some idea about the diseases and possible respiratory therapy.

What is Respiratory Disease?

Respiratory diseases are some of the most commonly reported medical health issues in the world. Millions of people are suffering from different kind of lung diseases and the common causes behind them are genetic issues, infections, and smoking. Note that, the respiratory diseases may affect any organ inside your body that is associated with the breathing process. It may cause trouble to nasal cavities, larynx, throat, windpipe, bronchioles, bronchi, lung tissues and the muscles as well. Studies reveal that some of the highly reported respiratory diseases include Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Common Colds, Cancer, Asthma, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and few infections like tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, and laryngitis. Many respiratory therapy formulas are available to treat them.

Common causes of Respiratory Diseases:

The diseases in the respiratory tract can happen due to many reasons. Reports in the medical world reveal the common reasons as:

  • Low immune functioning
  • Adverse climatic conditions and intolerable air pollution
  • Excessive exposure to smoke and other toxic materials
  • Inappropriate development of lungs during childhood/before birth
  • Presence of fungal, viral and bacterial infections


Common symptoms of Respiratory Diseases:

Though symptoms of the disease depend upon the condition that respiratory patients are suffering from, the above causes often show following symptoms:

  • Breathing issues like wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Continuous cough (may also be accompanied by mucus)
  • Tightness or uneasiness in the chest area
  • Swelling in toes and fingers due to improper breathing
  • Throat ache due to soreness and inflammation, may cause change in voice
  • Blood with a cough


Respiratory care and treatment

If you face any of these symptoms, it is important to meet a medical professional as soon as possible. They can test the condition and recommend you the correct treatment and help you with the best tips for respiratory care at home. Some of the most popularly used home-based remedies for respiratory patients include gargles, steam, and honey therapy. It also helps to sterilise your living space and workplace so that you can breathe in fresh air.


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