The Different Types of Respiratory Diseases Prevalent in Kenya

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Respiratory diseases is a general term for diseases that affect parts of the body's respiratory system. It can be either the organs or tissues. Respiratory diseases hinder the breathing process of a person and can even lead to death. There are very many types of respiratory diseases in Kenya. This document explores 5 types of these respiratory diseases that are prevalent in Kenya.


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PREVALENT IN KENYA The Different Types of Respiratory Diseases Compiled from:

What are Respiratory Diseases?:

What are Respiratory Diseases? Respiratory Diseases are pathological conditions that affect organs and tissues in the body that make it easier to breath. These types of diseases can range from mild and self limiting infections like common cold to life threatening ones like lung cancer. Respiratory diseases prevalent in Kenya can be classified in different ways, including the affected organ or tissue, type and pattern of the signs and symptoms involved as well as the cause of the disease. This document lists some of the most prevalent respiratory diseases in Kenya that you need to know about: More Information is available at:


Asthma Blockage or Inflammation of Airways Caused by consistent blockage or inflammation of the airways, asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases. The common symptoms of asthma are wheezing and shortness of breath. An asthma attack can be easily induced by allergies, infections and pollution of the air. Asthma is most common in children and adults with asthma have probably had it since childhood. There might be no known cure for asthma, but it is easy to live with as modern medicine has declared it manageable. More Information is available at:


Bronchitis Inflamed mucus membrane in the bronchial tubes Bronchitis is caused as a result of inflamed mucus membrane in the bronchial tubes. The bronchial tubes are used to transport air to and from the lungs. A victim of bronchitis usually coughs up thickened mucus, which may appear discolored. Bronchitis can either be acute of chronic. Acute bronchitis is common and usually improves within days. It often develops from a cold. Chronic bronchitis on the other hand is more serious as it causes constant irritation and inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. It usually requires urgent medical attention. More Information is available at:


Pneumonia Infection in the airsacs Pneumonia occurs when there is an infection in the air sacs within the lungs. The infection can either be bacterial, fungal or viral. Pneumonia can be life threatening if not treated early. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. It can range from mild to severe case. Suggested prevention of pneumonia includes the practice of a healthy lifestyle and good hygiene as well as avoiding smoking. More Information is available at:


Allergies Body mistakes common substance for invasion Allergy is one of the most common condition of chronic problems not only in Kenya but in the world. They occur when the immune system in a victim’s body mistakes a common substance for an invader. When this happens, the system overreacts and releases histamines, a substance that causes allergic reactions. These reactions affect the lungs, throat and sinuses. Common causes of allergic reactions include dust, food, pollen and insect stings etc. More Information is available at:

Lung Cancer:

Lung Cancer Irregular multiplication of cells causing tumor One of the leading causes of death is lung cancer mostly because it is not easy to detect. Lung cancer is caused when irregular cells multiply to create uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells or in some cases a tumor. These excessive growths cause a disruption in the regular function of the lungs. Symptoms of lung cancer may take a while before they appear, but they include: chronic coughing, changes in voice, harsh breathing sounds and coughing up blood. It can be caused by smoking or inhaling toxic agents like radon gas. More Information is available at:


Conclusion The main culprit for most respiratory diseases prevalent in Kenya is cigarette smoking. It is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and death. Sadly, a number of people get affected by secondhand smoke, that is staying around someone who smokes. More Information is available at:


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