Chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs); according to WHO, are diseases of the airways and other structures of the lungs. CDRs are preventable but not curable. Various forms of treatment that help dilate major air passages and improve shortness of breath can help in controlling symptoms and increase the quality of life of those who are suffering from these diseases.
According to WHO 235 million people have asthma; 64 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) while millions have allergic rhinitis and other chronic respiratory diseases.
Some of the most common Chronic Respiratory Diseases CRDs are
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
- Respiratory allergies
- Occupational lung diseases
- Pulmonary hypertension.
Main risk factors
- Indoor air pollution
- Outdoor air pollution
- tobacco smoking
- occupational risks and vulnerability