Common complications and risk factors for asthma

Common complications and risk factors for asthma

Common complications and risk factors for asthma

Your chances of developing asthma increase if:

  • You have a blood relative with the condition (a parent or sibling)
  • You already have an allergy, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • You are a smoker or are exposed to second-hand smoke
  • You are overweight
  • You are frequently exposed to certain chemicals, such as those used in manufacturing, farming and hairdressing salons.

Complications (short-term or long-term) associated with asthma include:

  • Frequent emergency room visits or hospitalisations (severe asthma attacks).
  • Symptoms that interfere with daily functions such as work, home life, recreational activities and sleeping.
  • Taking numerous sick days from work or school due to asthma flare-ups.
  • Medication side-effects (especially those related to long-term prednisone use which includes weight gain and fat deposits, mainly around your belly, and may also give the appearance of a “moon face”).

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