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is asthma transmissible?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not really: Asthma is not an infectious disease and so is not transmissible as such. Viral infections or colds that worsen asthma are transmissible or infectious. Asthma often may have a genetic component and so does run in families.
Answered on Mar 9, 2015
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Dr. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Dr Rupp's description of the genetic component is more accurate than mine.
Mar 9, 2015
Dr. Michael Rupp
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
That said, Asthma is not directly inherited. You inherit the tendency to develop allergies or other inflammatory responses, but each person will manifest this differently.
Aug 27, 2014
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: It is not.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Only by cigarette smoke.
Mar 21, 2012
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Not really...: Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent episodes of bronchospasm and airway inflammation and is not contagious. However, upper respiratory infections are a common trigger of asthma and these are contagious.
Answered on Jun 3, 2017
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Dr. Boris Ripa
35 years experience Pediatrics
No: Some infections can cause asthma, but asthma can not be contagious.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sort of: Asthma is a polygenetic disease. So, you get it from your parents. Triggers for people who have "underlying" asthma certainly include transmissible disease such as viruses that cause URI. Asthma involves inflammation of the lungs, which is constantly being suppressed during times of good control. With an infection, the suppression mechanism is released and "asthmatic inflammation" follows
Answered on Mar 8, 2015

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