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what is asthma?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that can cause constriction of the airways and causes shortness of breath, cough and wheezing and is usually treated with bronchodilators and antiinflammatory inhalers, and sometimes other medications are indicated depending on the severity of the disease. A pulmonologist or allergist can diagnose and treat it.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes asthma?

7 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Genes + environment: People with asthma usually are predisposed to be allergic. This is usually inherited, and so caused by your particular genes. However, this alone is not enough. There is also clearly an effect from the environment you live in. Exactly what in the environment is responsible is unknown, but is the object of much interest and research.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is asthma transmissible?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
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.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
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. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Dr Rupp's description of the genetic component is more accurate than mine.
Mar 9, 2015
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is asthma?

37 doctor answers57 doctors weighed in
Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Breathing problem: Asthma is a life-long breathing problem. It is caused by swelling and closing of the airways and can make it hard to breathe. You cannot see airways because they are inside the body, connected to the lungs. If your child has asthma and it’s not treated, it could limit the activities your child can participate in, as well as her ability to feel well and be alert in school.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is asthma communicable?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can asthma return?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Possible: It is not unusual for a patient to have a history of asthma as a child/teen have the symptoms resolve and then return as an adult.

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