Health Complications Originating in the Respiratory System

Respiratory diseases & air quality

Respiratory diseases & air quality

Several times every minute, you draw air into your lungs so it can harvest oxygen, which allows you to live. When human beings experience problems with the respiratory system, your body is not capable of harvesting oxygen efficiently, causing the body to develop varying degrees of distress. Illness is soon to follow.

To deepen your understanding of respiratory illnesses, I have included a list of the most common conditions or diseases.

Adult respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, wet lung, white lung – acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine, etc.

Pertussis, whooping cough – a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane

Cold, common cold – a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); Will they never find a cure for the common cold?

Asthma, asthma attack, bronchial asthma – respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin

Bronchitis – inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes

Emphysema, pulmonary emphysema – an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age

Pneumonia – respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants

Atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia – an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults

Interstitial pneumonia – chronic lung disease affecting the interstitial tissue of the lungs

Pneumoconiosis, pneumoconiosis – chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles

Hyaline membrane disease, respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn – an acute lung disease of the newborn (especially the premature newborn); lungs cannot expand because a wetting agent is lacking; characterized by rapid, shallow breathing and cyanosis and the formation of a glassy hyaline membrane over the alveoli

SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome – a respiratory disease of unknown etiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal

Cough, coughing – a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis

Indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outside air, and we spend 90% of our time inside our homes, workplaces and other buildings. It’s time to take charge of your life; start now on living a chemical-free lifestyle! I’d like to help you get started.

Hoping you’re breathing easy and living life to the fullest,

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance