Does asthma run in the family?


Asthma can be genetic, though not all cases of asthma are inherited. Asthma has a range of other causes and risk factors.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in the airways. This inflammation causes the airways to swell and become very sensitive. It can lead to wheezing and chest tightness.

Asthma affects people of all ages and genders. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), 8.3 percent of people in the United States have asthma. However, some people may be more likely to develop asthma than others.

In this article, we look at whether different types of asthma have genetic links, other causes and risk factors of asthma, and treatments.

Are different types of asthma genetic?


All types of asthma can have a genetic component. Some different types of asthma include:

  • adult-onset asthma
  • exercise-induced bronchospasm
  • allergic asthma
  • nonallergic asthma
  • occupational asthma
  • asthma with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease



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