Who gets asthma?

Anyone can develop asthma. Asthma is very common; in fact is it the most common chronic disease in Ireland; In Ireland 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 adults who have asthma. Certain factors may increase your likelihood of developing asthma.

  • You are more likely to develop asthma if you have a family history of asthma or conditions like eczema and hay fever.
  • Certain environmental factors may also influence the likelihood of developing asthma.
  • Smoking during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of a child developing asthma. Additionally, children whose parents smoke are also more likely to develop asthma.
  • Adult onset asthma may develop after a viral infection.
  • Long terms exposure to an irritant in the workplace may cause a person to develop asthma. This is known as occupational asthma.
  • Having allergies also increases your chances of developing asthma.
  • Exposure to inhaled irritants such as cigarette smoke and air pollution can trigger asthma symptoms in those who have an underlying tendency to asthma.


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