More on Asthma and Hygiene

The asthma hygiene hypothesis is a doctrine presented by certain medical studies, which is discovered during researches and investigations done on why asthma cases are becoming rampant.  While asthma is not exactly a new condition, cases have been on the rise since the record began.  Certain medical studies have shown why this is, and along with environmental circumstances, the hygiene hypothesis has been suggested for the rise of the cases.

The hygiene hypothesis refers to the fact that, as a specie, we are far more concerned with our hygiene than we have ever been.  Most households now use strong cleaning agents, and young children aren’t as exposed to dirt and bacteria as they were back in the 50’s and 60’s.  While this isn’t necessarily detrimental, some studies show that this can be a contributing factor.

Aerial bacteria, if inhaled, can be aggravating – and this can cause short-term inflammation of the lungs.  This usually shows itself up as coughing.  Young children in the early 20th century would be exposed to bacteria daily due to a less stringent hygiene protocol and cleaning standards.  Hence, the bronchi appear irritated. However, the body would then learn how to cope with this exposure and will be able to pacify the bronchi.

Asthma can be characterized as an irritation of the bronchi.  As children nowadays are less exposed to the same level of bacteria compared to the old days, their bodies have not learned to cope with the exposure, thus, not able to learn how to “calm” the bronchi in their early life.  This, as some suggest, has triggered the rise of asthma cases as when the body is not exposed to bacteria now, it will not be able to adapt to the exposure.

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