Can asthma be hereditary?

Yes, it is caused by a combination of genes and the environment.

My daughter is 23-years-old and has asthmatic symptoms.Can acid reflux cause asthmatic symptoms like chest pains and shortness of breath?

Reflux is common and many people have both. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

What’s the difference in a asthma attack and hyperventilating?

An asthma attack can increase your rate of breathing and asthma attacks should not be ignored.

Dr. Gibbons, can sex trigger asthma? I had a girlfriend who would have attacks before or during sex and I’m just wondering if she was faking?

Exercise can be associated with asthma.

I have been diagnosed with COPD and allergies. I take two inhalers and two pills everyday. Do you think I am over medicated?

You have a complex medical history and should discuss with your doctor.

My son has not had an asthma attack since he was 13. He is now 21. Should he still keep an inhaler?

You should get regular checkups for your asthma and your doctor can advise on inhaler use.

I had asthma as a child. As a adult, does asthma change to bronchitis?

Recent research suggest having asthma as a child may alter lung function in adults. You should continue to be monitored by your health provider

Has any research been completed studying the role genetics might contribute to an asthma diagnosis? What percentage of asthmatics are adult onset? What might be the initial signs that someone has asthma?

Many studies are trying to understand the role of genetics in asthma, but genetic testing is not required for an asthma diagnosis. Exact percentages of adult-onset asthma is not known, but many adults cannot recall if they had asthma as a child.  nitial signs are wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.  See our website.

My daughter was born premature at 2 lbs 11.2 oz. They diagnosed her with ‘slight’ asthma but you would never know it now. Can you outgrow asthma? She’s barely used her inhaler although it helps her when she gets a cold.

Asthma is intermittent and infections can increase symptoms. You should discuss with your doctor.

My daughter is 7, and when she plays and get excited she coughs and has to sit for a while; sometimes she coughs in the middle of the night, but we have been told she doesn’t have asthma. What should I do?

It sounds like her symptoms interfere with daily activities. Further evaluation by a medical professional would be appropriate.

My friend claims she has “exercise-induced” asthma. Is that a real thing?


I have an 8-year-old granddaughter who suffers from asthma. Does her drinking whole milk have anything to do with her having attacks? She’s in the hospital every 3 to 4 months. It’s that bad where she has to be hospitalized.

Allergies can trigger asthma.  Usually asthma can be well controlled once triggers are identified, so you should discuss with your doctor.

If you suffered from asthma at a very young age then thought you grew out if it, but at age 44 start to wheeze a little again can it get worse?

Yes, people with asthma as a child can have it as an adult.  Discuss with your doctor.

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