Can dog hairs, down feathers or wood smoke cause bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation in the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes. Dog hair can be potentially harmful. That is if you already have an underlying respiratory problem such as asthma. An allergy to animal dander can also trigger bronchitis attacks. A mild reaction to dander ranges from itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and inflammation in the nose and throat. The worst case of such allergy is the swelling up of the respiratory tract and a plugged windpipe which eventually prevents you from breathing. Where as constant exposure to wood smoke is likely to result in respiratory trouble.

The other causes of Bronchitis are as mentioned below.

  • A result of a cold or other viral infection.
  • Smoking is a leading cause of bronchitis. Excessive smoking may result in a chronic bronchitis. As smoking cause inflammation and gradually lowers the resistance of the bronchial tube. Consequently the bronchial tube becomes susceptible to air borne infections.
  • An unbalanced diet and intake of refined food such as sugar, cereals and white flour.
  • This results in the accumulation of toxins and free radicals in the bronchial tube.
  • Bronchitis can also occur due to a side effect of drugs.
  • Other factors such as hereditary, changes in weather and environmental pollution are common causes.

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