What Causes Bronchiolitis Obliterans
Bronchiolitis obliterans is most commonly caused by breathing in toxicants over time, the most common being diacetyl. Some other toxicants linked to causing bronchiolitis obliterans are:
- Acetaldehyde, found in cannabis and e-cigarette smoke
- Formaldehyde, a highly irritating chemical used in adhesives and building materials and emitted from e-cigarette smoke
- Metal oxide fumes, a byproduct of welding
- Sulfur dioxide, released by burning fossil fuels
- Nitrogen oxides
- Hydrochloric acid
- Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard
Besides environmental exposure, bronchiolitis obliterans can be caused by severe respiratory infections, such as RSV, and some forms of pneumonia or bronchitis. Patients that suffer from rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are also at a higher risk of developing popcorn lung as well.
IRAQ AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA (IAVA)
WHAT ARE BURN PITS?
Burn Pits, a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, are the Agent Orange of our generation. IAVA and other VSO partners are educating the public and elevating the issue to ensure it becomes a national priority. Our members see Burn Pits as a critical, urgent and growing threat that will impact an entire generation.
HOW DO BURN PITS AFFECT SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS?
In the short term, Burn Pits cause irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat; headaches; nausea; and difficulty breathing. We are still learning the long term impacts of Burn Pits. It is extremely important that anyone potentially exposed to Burn Pits enrolls in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to ensure awareness of and treatment for related issues.
Watch IAVA CEO, Jeremy Butler and IAVA Member, Wesley Black talk to CNN’s Brianna Keilar about the effects of burn pits and the steps that we must take to ensure that our veterans are protected when they return home.