Asthma Risk Factors: What Do You Need to Know?

Asthma

World Asthma Day took place on May 1–and with awareness for this disease on the rise, we thought it was a great time to revisit some of asthma’s main risk factors.

Whether you have suffered from asthma all your life or are experiencing adult-onset symptoms, education on the risk factors can help you take better care of yourself. You can also educate friends and family.

Today, we’re looking at the latest research on the most important risk factors for asthma.

Family History of Asthma

As with many other illnesses and diseases, genetics are a big indicator of your likelihood of developing asthma.

According to the Mayo Clinic, having a blood relative who has asthma is a key risk factor for developing the disease. In fact, if you have a parent who has asthma, you are three to six times more likely to develop the disease than someone with parents who are asthma-free.

Allergies

As we stated in our last blog, allergic asthma is more common than non-allergic asthma. In fact, over 50% of asthma sufferers in the United States have allergic asthma–caused by breathing in external allergens.  

Both allergic rhinitis (hay fever, typical seasonal allergies) and eczema are risk factors for developing asthma. Children who have eczema often go on to develop hay fever and then asthma as they age.

Past Viral Respiratory Infections

If you experienced a viral respiratory infection as a child, you could have a higher likelihood of developing asthma.

Likewise, if your asthma is under control, contracting a viral respiratory illness can cause an asthma attack.

Unfavorable Workplace Conditions

Does your workplace have dirty air or other airborne debris circulating throughout the day?

Workplace air conditions, such as exposure to chemicals, allergens and pollutants, can cause asthma to surface or attacks to flare. 

Chemical solvents, co-workers’ perfume and cologne, cleaning products, and increased dust are just a few of the workplace allergens that can cause asthma attacks.

Have additional questions about allergies, asthma and how the two are related? Contact Asthma and Allergy Center today!

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