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How come I have bronchial asthma, but nobody else in the family has it?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Gershan
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Many causes of asthm

Asthma certainly has genetic factors but there are many other factors that may be involved in developing asthma.
These include allergies, infections, the environment, personal habits (e.g. Smoking), and many others.

In brief: Many causes of asthm

Asthma certainly has genetic factors but there are many other factors that may be involved in developing asthma.
These include allergies, infections, the environment, personal habits (e.g. Smoking), and many others.
Dr. William Gershan
Dr. William Gershan
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Roll genetic dice

There are multiple genes involved in the bronchospasm control mediators involved in asthma.
Your siblings obviously have different genes as did your parents & all may have bits of the genetic info but not enough to be symptomatic. They may have milder forms like cough varient asthma, that are often unrecognised. 3 of 4 in my family had forms of it, 1 had no symptoms ever.

In brief: Roll genetic dice

There are multiple genes involved in the bronchospasm control mediators involved in asthma.
Your siblings obviously have different genes as did your parents & all may have bits of the genetic info but not enough to be symptomatic. They may have milder forms like cough varient asthma, that are often unrecognised. 3 of 4 in my family had forms of it, 1 had no symptoms ever.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Bronchial asthma

You can have bronchial asthma without having a family history of it.

In brief: Bronchial asthma

You can have bronchial asthma without having a family history of it.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not genetic...

Asthma is not a genetic disorder, per se, so it entirely possible for you to be the only family member who has it.
Asthma can be allergic or intrinsically induced (for example post-infection). Although there is no cure, there are many treatments available to keep you as free of symptoms as possible.

In brief: Not genetic...

Asthma is not a genetic disorder, per se, so it entirely possible for you to be the only family member who has it.
Asthma can be allergic or intrinsically induced (for example post-infection). Although there is no cure, there are many treatments available to keep you as free of symptoms as possible.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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