Risk Factors for Asthma


About risk factors: Risk factors for Asthma are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Asthma makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Asthma. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Asthma. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Asthma in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Although asthma is only slightly more prevalent among minority children than among whites, it accounts for three times the number of deaths. Low socioeconomic status, exposure to urban environmental contaminants, lack of access to medical care, and lack of self-management skills all contribute to the increase in deaths in minority communities.1

Poverty, substandard housing that increases exposure to certain indoor allergens, lack of education, inadequate access to health care, and the failure to take appropriate prescribed medications may all increase the risk of having a severe asthma attack or, more tragically, of dying from asthma.1

Risks factors for Asthma: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Asthma:

1. excerpt from Asthma A Concern for Minority Populations, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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