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Is asthma passed down in families?

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The genes you got from your mom and dad can set you up for asthma. It's thought that 3 out of 5 asthma cases are hereditary. If you have a parent with asthma, you're three to six times more likely to develop asthma than someone whose parents don't.

From: Asthma Risk Factors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Norton, 1999. Porsbjerg, C. , 2006. Kirkpatrick, G.L. 1996. Weiss, S.T. , 3rd ed., Little Brown, 1993. Litonjua, A.A. 2006. Beuther, D. , April 1, 2007. WebMD Medical News: "Toxins in Dust Raise Incidence of Asthma."  CDC: "Asthma: Risk Factors."







Breathe Right NowChestPrim CareBronchial Asthma Mechanisms and TherapeuticsAm J Clin NutrAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Norton, 1999. Porsbjerg, C. , 2006. Kirkpatrick, G.L. 1996. Weiss, S.T. , 3rd ed., Little Brown, 1993. Litonjua, A.A. 2006. Beuther, D. , April 1, 2007. WebMD Medical News: "Toxins in Dust Raise Incidence of Asthma."  CDC: "Asthma: Risk Factors."







Breathe Right NowChestPrim CareBronchial Asthma Mechanisms and TherapeuticsAm J Clin NutrAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Atopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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