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What are risk factors for asthma?

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Some things suggest that you're more likely to have asthma and other breathing problems:

  • Your gender and age (more boys have childhood asthma, more women have adult asthma)
  • Whether other people in your family do
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • Seasonal and indoor allergies
  • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Being overweight
  • Born premature
  • Your mother smoked while pregnant

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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