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is asthma communicable?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
No: It is not; asthma is the body's response to allergens or irritants in the air. Individual's responses to these stimuli vary widely, but they are not shared.
Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Sort of: Asthma is a polygenetic disease. So, you get it from your parents. Also, 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

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What are common asthma triggers?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Many Triggers: Some triggers of asthma included allegens (dust, pet sander, pollens, grasses and molds), temperature extremes, viruses, exercise and emotions to name a few.
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Is asthma a psychological problem?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Can be.: Emotional upheavals are possible asthma triggers in some people.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
More...: ...Nighttime awakenings with shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, and especially an increase in the need for rescue medications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does asthma affect people over 60?

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Respiratory diseases such as asthma are common after the age of 65 because the lung function decreases over time. You may start noticing the asthma symptoms for the first time at this age. One report in 2006 showed about 2.5 million people 65 and above had asthma problem with more than 1 million asthma attacks.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does asthma occur in cigarette smokers?

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Dr. Jacob Mirman
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Cig smoking causes copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Asthma is one type of such disease, emphysema is another. Both components can be caused by smoking. Once you quit smoking, asthma component may get better. Emphysema is incurable. The sooner you quit, the more lung will be saved. Look up allen carr's book the easy way to stop smoking: great inexpensive method, works for many.

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