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Causes and Effects of Asthma
A discussion on the causes and long-term consequences of asthma.
# 153114 | 1,045 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper considers the causes of asthma today and explains the hygiene hypothesis that blames modern society's obsession with cleanliness for the rise in asthma. The paper also discusses the role of heredity and the impact of urban stressors such as dust, mold and urban insects like cockroaches, and relates that a lack of access to appropriate healthcare combined with negative urban environmental stressors can increase the risk of asthma. The paper looks at the consequences of asthma that include emphysema and lung cancer as an adult, the limiting of the individual's ability to participate in school sports and maintain a healthy social life and weight and the potential lost productivity at school and work. The paper calls for improving the living conditions of the poor, and increasing access to outdoor spaces for children to play, regardless of their income level. A causation model on the causes of asthma is included with the paper.

Asthma: Direct Causes
Causes of Asthma
Factors Contributing to Causes

From the Paper:

"The long-term causes of asthma are controversial in the medical community. One popular hypothesis that reflects the increase in diagnosis, severity and need for intensive medical treatment of asthma in recent years is the 'hygiene hypothesis.' This hypothesis is also often used to explain the increase in other allergies (Causes, 2008, NHLBI). The 'hygiene hypothesis' suggests that modern children do not build up as great an early tolerance to everyday triggers of allergens, such as dust mites and mold, as they did in the past, because of the hyper-cleanliness of today's environments. The fact that children who are raised on farms and/or with pets tend to be less prone to allergies is often used as support for the hygiene hypothesis. "The human immune system evolved two types of biological defenses. When one defensive system lacks practice fighting bacteria and viruses, perhaps from an overly sanitary lifestyle, the other system becomes too powerful and overreacts--as an allergic reaction - to harmless substances like pollen" (Hygiene hypothesis, 2010, PBS). The hygiene hypothesis was developed after a comparative, post-Cold War study of East and West German children yielded a surprising finding: the children raised in more polluted East Germany were less, rather than more likely to develop allergies and asthma than their West German counterparts (Hygiene hypothesis, 2010, PBS)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Causes. (2008). National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Retrieved January 1, 2011 at
  • Chapter 15: Poverty and asthma. (2010). Asthma Partners. Retrieved January 1, 2010 at
  • Hygiene hypothesis. (2010). PBS. Retrieved January 1, 2010 at
  • What is asthma? (2008). National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Retrieved January 1, 2011 at as Partner, 6th ed., by Anderson & McFarlane

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