Asthma

Brittney Melanosn

Is asthma contagious or genetic?

Asthma is not contagious, you're born with it and there is no cure for it just yet.

The cause of asthma is not yet determined, but researchers think some genetic and environmental factors are to blame.

No Cure

About 4.491 million people are diagnosed with asthma every year and rapidly increasing.

There is no cure for asthma, but you can work on your lung strength, use an inhaler, create an Asthma Action Plan, and avoid things that may worsen your condition.

Famous people with asthma

Here's a list of famous people who suffer from asthma-

Steve Allen - comedian, actor
Loni Anderson - actress
Jason Alexander - actor, director
Ludwig von Beethoven - composer
Leonard Bernstein - conductor, composer
Judy Collins - folk singer
Alice Cooper - rock singer
DMX - rapper
Morgan Fairchild - actress
Kenneth Gorelick (Kenny G) - musician
Bob Hope - comedian, actor
Billy Joel - singer
Robert Joffrey - dancer, choreographer
Diane Keaton - actress
Liza Minelli - actress, singer
Arnold Schoenburg - composer
Martin Scorsese - film director
Paul Sorvino - actor
Sharon Stone - actress
Elizabeth Taylor - actress
Apex Twin - techno DJ
Antonio Vivaldi - composer, conductor
Orson Welles - actor, director

Daily life with asthma

Asthma is a serious health condition, it causes 10.5 million missed days of school and 14.2 million missed work days, makes it difficult to breath, your chest tightens and you begin wheezing, and excessive sweating. Also, asthma doesn't have a certain part of the world that is most common, its just more common is areas where
  • furniture, pollution and pet dander)
  • outdoor allergens (such as pollens and moulds)
  • tobacco smoke
  • chemical irritants in the workplace
  • air pollution

Smoking with asthma

When a person inhales tobacco smoke, substances settle in the moist lining of the airways. These substances can cause an attack in a person who has asthma.

In addition, tobacco smoke damages tiny hair-like structures in the airways called cilia. Normally, cilia sweep dust and mucus out of the airways. Smoke also causes the lungs to make more mucus than normal. As a result, even more mucus can build up in the airways, triggering an attack.