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What number of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

What number of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

Difficult call: At present there have been some associations made between certain genes and diseases like asthma. However, the actual strength of this relationship has not been as concrete as we would like. AS far as the number, the association is not a single gene but quite a few making it difficult to pin down the culprit gene(s). Check U. of Pittsburgh, I hear they're doing a lot of work in this area. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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What quantity of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

What quantity of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

Hard to say: Though there seems to be a family link, the specific genes involved have really not been identified. Indeed, there may be many genetic links involved so pinpointing exactly which ones are involved may be down the road. ...Read more

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Help please? How many genes have been associated with asthma to date?

Quite a few: Quite a number of genes which are know to interact to cause asthma have been identified. However, the end is not yet here. Links between seemingly unrelated genes have been noted. So we have a situation where any number of genes can be implicated but there is still more research to be done. The human genome is a very big, complex thing. ...Read more

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Is it yet known what genes make one likely to get asthma? Are some genetic mutations known and can be tested for?

Is it yet known what genes make one likely to get asthma? Are some genetic mutations known and can be tested for?

Phenotypes of Asthma: There are particular chromosomes noted for being associated with the asthma genotype but this does not mean they are a part of the asthma phenotype (genes displaying the disease). There is no testing except for symptoms and pulmonary function testing (including direct and indirect provocation testing) to determine asthma. ...Read more

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Can u have atypical cystic fibrosis if u have asthma, severe pancreas involvement & CFTR m470v? Report indicates a 2nd gene may be rare or unknown

Can u have atypical cystic fibrosis if u have asthma, severe pancreas involvement & CFTR m470v? Report indicates a 2nd gene may be rare or unknown

Maybe: Surprisingly, M470V is a common variation. Studies have shown 50% of the population has this mutation and actually less likely to cause CF. Most individuals with CF and carry M470V have some other hidden etiology that is the cause, rather than M470V. Genetic expression may be variable and so will be the clinical manifestations. Speak with your doc and a geneticist for specific information. ...Read more

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Can asthma be a genetic disease?

Can asthma be a genetic disease?

Yes: Depending on which study is read, if one parent has asthma, there is a 25-40% chance that the children will have some form of it; if both parents have asthma, then there is a 60-80% chance that the children will have it. This suggests that there is a very strong genetic component to asthma but it is not the only factor. ...Read more

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Is asthma genetic?

Is asthma genetic?

Sometimes: Allergic asthma is considered an inheritable condition -- meaning it can be genetic. But not all children of a mother or father with asthma will develop asthma themselves. There is a great deal of research ongoing to determine the influence of genetics vs. The environment on the development of asthma. ...Read more

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Is asthma genetic? I've been having constant coughing lately

Is asthma genetic? I've been having constant coughing lately

Yes: Asthma is often genetically predisposed. See your doctor to get a lung function test.
Coughing is one of the major symptoms in asthma and there is a condition known as cough-variant asthma in which the only symptom is a cough. ...Read more

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Can asthma return?

Yes: Asthma can present or represent at any time. ...Read more

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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more

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How do I treat asthma?

How do I treat asthma?

Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www.asthma.org.nz/resources/ ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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Does asthma have a cure?

Does asthma have a cure?

No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. ...Read more

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How can I cure my asthma?

How can I cure my asthma?

You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare-ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more

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How can you avoid asthma?

Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. ...Read more

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Can cats give you asthma?

Can cats give you asthma?

Yes: Fur bearing animals like cats, dogs, etc are commonly associated as "triggers" in asthmatics. ...Read more

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How do I go about asthma?

How do I go about asthma?

get to the root: The first thing is to be tested for your asthma. It is a simple test called spirometry. This, and your history, will permit the physician to make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. If you know now what things trigger an attack, either get rid of them (rugs, etc) or try to avoid contact (cats and dogs).
Remember, get tested first.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat my asthma?

How can I treat my asthma?

Find out what: Your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How can I stop m'y asthma?

How can I stop m'y asthma?

see answer: Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke, if you are overweight, than weight loss with a good exercise program and diet is recommended. Avoid triggers that may exacerbate your symptoms. Some people with asthma may have a genetic component and will simply need inhalers and meds to help with the disease. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose asthma?

Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more

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How to deal with my asthma?

How to deal with my asthma?

Many ways: If your "triggers" are allergy induced-- remove or minimize as many as possible. If exercise induced, talk to your physician about pre-treatment. Pollution and occupational induced asthma should also be discussed. Make sure you also have your rescue inhaler with you and if you use a controller, do not skip any doses.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Hii how to cure with asthma?

Hii how to cure with asthma?

Asthma Inhalers: Asthma can affect people to a varying degree for their whole life, although many children grow out of it.

Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms during a flare & preventing how often the symptoms occur.

Broadly, there are 2 types of inhalers: Relievers (usually blue) and Preventers (orange, purple, red, brown or green).

More info? See 'Asthma Relievers' or 'Asthma Preventers' ...Read more

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Can children outgrow asthma?

Can children outgrow asthma?

Can be asymptomatic: You do not "outgrow" asthma, but can become asymptomatic- not have symptoms. The asthma can potentiaaly come back at a later date. Think of it as an iceberg. If below the surface no symptoms. Once about the water line symptoms return. ...Read more

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How can I control my asthma?

Many: 1. Identify and avoid asthma triggers (this may be allergic, irritant, ge reflux, sinus, colds, cold air, etc)
2. If persistent asthma, a daily controller medication like inhaled steroid medication is most effective. Many other meds as well.
3. Influenza vaccine annually and pneumonia vaccine
4. Monitor symptoms (sometimes peak flows) and have a written asthma action plan to follow during an attack. ...Read more

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Any way I can cure my asthma?

Any way I can cure my asthma?

Unfortunately no: But the good news is that it can be controlled and you can lead a completely normal lifestyle, several Olympic medalists were asthmatic, treatments currently available helps managing the disease and controlling it to great extent, you need to keep follow up with your allergist/asthma specialist, and keep taking medicines as prescribed, good luck ...Read more

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Could people with asthma die?

Yes if uncontrolled: In an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes go into spasm in response to irritation. Trying to push air through the smaller pipes can cause fatigue and respiratory failure. Identifying your asthma triggers that set off attacks and working with your doctor to find the best combination of treatment to prevent attacks and an action plan to treat such attacks can control this risk. ...Read more

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How to heal asthma in summer?

How to heal asthma in summer?

Treatment...: Asthma can be treated but not cured. Typical treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. Most asthmatics can be rendered symptom-free between exacerbations. If you smoke, quitting is necessary to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for treatment, especially if you still have symptoms. ...Read more

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When is asthma life threating?

Good question: My girl friend died from asthma. You need electronic peak flow meter and so2 monitor to know. You also want a competent lung doc. Inhaled steroids are standard therapy. Make sure you are not one of the 5000 asthma patients who die from it in the us every year. ...Read more

Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more


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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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