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What Are The Risk Factors Of Asthma

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A "risk factor" is a particular characteristic that a person might have that increases their chance of developing a certain condition. It is possible to develop the condition without any risk factors. However, the more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop the condition.

There are several proven risk factors for asthma. Below you will find information describing each of these risk factors and advice on how to avoid them.

Genetics

Allergies

Atopy

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions may increase your chances of developing asthma:

Age

Over 50% of people who develop asthma developed it between the ages of 2 and 17.

Exposure to potential allergens

Exposure to some allergens may make a person more likely to develop asthma.

Gender

Ethnicity

If you are at risk for asthma or if you think you might have asthma, talk to your health practitioner. There are many treatments available for asthma.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/asthma-risk-factors

http://healthgate.partners.org/browsing/browseContent.asp?fileName=19115.xml&title=Risk%20Factors%20for%20Asthma

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