Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Is asthma something that is genetic, environmental or both?

Asthma is a chronic disease in which your airways get inflamed and cause you to feel tightness when trying to breathe, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Though it is not completely clear whether asthma is caused by genetics or the environment, it seems as though both genetic and environmental factors can contribute to the likelihood of having the disease, according to the NIH.

The factors that are most likely to cause you to have asthma, according to the NIH, included:

  • An inherited likelihood to develop allergies
  • Certain respiratory infections during childhood
  • Contact with airborne allergens and viral infections in infancy and early childhood
  • Parents who have asthma

Talk with your physician for more information about what causes asthma.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine