Causes of Respiratory Diseases | Reasons of Respiratory Ailments

Respiratory Diseases Causes:

Although there is broad range of respiratory diseases, their causes, which are also large in number, have similarities. Among the most common causes are accidents, inhalation of toxic materials and harmful lifestyle habits like incessant smoking.

Genetic factors, infections as well as anything else that are known to affect the development of the lungs are also believed to indirectly or directly cause the symptoms of respiratory disorders.

Below are the three primary groups of factors that are generally responsible for the development of diseases including those that involve the respiratory system. Children, especially, always fall victim to these factors.

Here are the primary groupings:

  • A person’s genetic background. This basically means the genes he has inherited from his ancestors and his parents.
  • A person’s lifestyle or living conditions. This includes housing, income, and nutrition but is also dependent on the age. Most of the living conditions of a person can also greatly influence the likelihood of a person’s responding to the factors of his environment.
  • A person’s exposure to environmental factors. This includes all types of substances that can be found in the soil, water, air, and consumer products.
    Other circumstances like damp housing and weather conditions are also part of this grouping.

2 thoughts on “Causes of Respiratory Diseases | Reasons of Respiratory Ailments

  • August 7, 2014 at 6:37 am

    What are the common symptoms and causes of respiratory diseases?

    • August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      General symptoms which are associated with respiratory diseases include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, and disturbance of sleep. Common respiratory symptoms are:
      • Cough: It is perhaps the most important respiratory symptom. It is known as watchdog of the respiratory system and is basically a protective mechanism to prevent inhalation of foreign material.
      • Sputum: Excessive production of mucus. Sputum may be blood stained, yellow or black.
      • Pain in chest may increase while breathing.
      • Breathlessness.
      • Wheeze.
      • Cyanosis: blue nails and tongue.
      • Nail deformity.
      Causes of respiratory diseases:
      • Infections: Virus, Bacterial, fungal.
      • Smoking
      • Environmental pollutions such as fumes of petrol and industrial chemicals, dust, strong scents etc.
      • Dislodgement of thrombus from a vein.
      • Drug induced pulmonary disease.
      • Radiation.


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