I-What is Asthma?

Asthma is known for being a chronic respiratory problem that affects the bronchitis. When someone suffers from asthma, the bronchitis contract and the respiratory tube gets tighter, leaving less space for the air to go through. Asthma has multiple causes and symptoms, and has few consequences on health.

A-Causes and Symptoms

The causes of asthma are multiple and vary depending on the patient. It exists a genetic component to the disease. It is possible that the disease be transmitted from one parent to a child, however it is still impossible to predict if a child will inherit the asthma problem.
Most of the time, asthma is triggered by allergies. A patient could be allergic to dust, pollen, or it can also be caused by an effort that requires an extra work on breathing such as running, exercising, or walking long distances.
The symptoms of asthma are high-pitch breathing due to tight bronchitis, coughing, hard time to breathe during an effort, and a feeling of compression on the thorax.

B-Consequences on Health

The consequences of asthma on a patient’s health depend on how strong the issue is and how it is triggered. If the asthma comes from allergy, it is easily controllable by simply avoiding what causes the allergies. If it is caused by effort, the patient can work on it by exercising more frequently. Having asthma does not stop people from practicing a sport, unless the asthma crises are extremely strong and respiration is almost impossible. However, many athletes are or were asthmatic and they overcome the issue.

II-What are Pesticides?

A-The Role of Pesticides

Pesticides are chemical products used in agriculture to protect plants, fruits, and vegetables from insects and other organisms susceptible to affect the produces by destroying them.
It exists three different forms of pesticides: Herbicides used to fight bad grass, fungicidesto protect against fungus, and finally insecticides to keep insects away.

B-The Toxicity of Pesticides

Pesticides only work because they are made out of chemicals. Those chemicals include one or multiple active agents, a molecule that has a bad effect on the plant. Even though a diluent is added to the mixture to decrease the effect of the active agent, pesticides are still highly toxic.

III-The Relationship Between Asthma and Pesticides

A-The Danger of Pesticides

Because they are made of toxic produces, pesticides have a dangerous effect on health. Misuse or over use of a pesticides can lead to health problems especially among children that are more fragile and can easily contract a disease.  It is hard to know exactly the effect of pesticides on health, but some dangers are already known. For example, even a small exposition to it can trigger complications on the organism, such as infertility for men. Cancers, but can also gravely affect fetuses
It is important to strictly follow the rules when using pesticides in the garden or the fields.

B-Can Pesticides Cause Asthma?

Pesticides can trigger many health issues, including asthma. It is believed that a long exposure to pesticides can cause bronchial hyper-reactivity and asthma. A small exposition to pesticides can lead to a light intoxication. A light intoxication from pesticides has for symptoms an irritation of nasal ways and the throat, which are both symptoms of asthma.
Exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of developing asthma. It can also exacerbate an existing asthmatic condition or even trigger asthma crises by increasing bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Exposure to pesticides is a danger for health and can not only cause asthma, but also many other diseases.