Genetic Disorder: Asthma

By: Wyeth McKean

Asthma

"Asthma Breathing Test | Windom Allergy, Asthma, & Sinus." Windom Allergy Asthma Sinus. N.p., 04 Jan. 2011. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

Chromosome that carries gene for Disorder

The gene asthma affects is ADAM33.

The ADAM33 gene is located on chromosome 20 at position 13.

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Information about disorder

Asthma is also known as bronchial asthma.

Name of Gene:

ADAM33

Symptoms of disorder:

Common asthma symptoms include coughing (especially at night), wheezing,shortness of breath, and chest tightness (pain,or pressure).

Unusual asthma symptoms include rapid breathing, fatigue,sighing, difficulty sleeping,anxiety, and chronic cough without wheezing.

Complications from disorder:

Badly controlled asthma can have an adverse effect on your quality of life. The condition can result in: fatigue, under performance or absence from work, and psychological problems. In rare cases, asthma can lead to a number of serious respiratory complications, including: pneumonia, collapsed part or all of the lung, and severe asthma attacks that don't respond to treatment.

Asthma Inheritance:

If one of your biologic parents has or had asthma, then you are more likely to develop asthma than if he or she did not have asthma. If both of your parents have asthma, you are even more likely to develop asthma than if only one parent has this condition. Asthma likely results in part from a tendency, present in one's genes, toward developing the disease and in part from exposures that one encounters in the world around us: that is, part heredity, part environment. Asthma is a dominant autosomal trait. You are much more likely to receive asthma when you are born, opposed to when the gene is recessive.

More Information about asthma

How are asthma carriers detected?:

Asthma carriers are detected by the IgE test. An IgE test is a skin and blood test which tells you how much IgE is in your body. IgEs are an antibody which play a major role in allergic asthma. Your immune systems produces IgE when it detects an allergen.

Treatments for asthma:

There are many effective medicines to treat asthma. Most people with asthma need two kinds: quick-relief medicines and long-term control medicines. Allergy shots can also be helpful.

What current research is being done with asthma:

Many types of asthma research projects are being conducted. Basic science research attempts to identify the causes and mechanisms of asthma; epidemiologic research studies the course of the disease over time and trends in its frequency and severity.

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Interesting Facts about Asthma

  1. As of 2012, more than 18 million adults and 6 million children suffered from asthma.

2. In the last decade, the number of people with asthma increased by 15%.

3. Asthma costs the country more than $50 billion every year in health care costs.

4. Asthma is the cause for children missing more than 10 million school days a year.

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