Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “CAN’T BREATHE to remember about the Risk Factors For Asthma


C – Cigarette Smoke Exposure: Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke is a significant risk factor for asthma.

A – Allergies: Allergic reactions to pollen, dust mites, pet dander, or other allergens can trigger asthma symptoms.

N – Nitrogen Dioxide Exposure: Nitrogen dioxide, often found in indoor air pollution, can exacerbate asthma symptoms.

T – Traffic Pollution: Exposure to traffic-related air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust, increases the risk of asthma.

B – Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness: Individuals with heightened bronchial responsiveness are more susceptible to asthma.

R – Respiratory Infections: Frequent respiratory infections, especially during childhood, can increase the risk of developing asthma.

E – Exposure to Environmental Toxins: Exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides and industrial chemicals can contribute to asthma risk.

A – Airway Hyperreactivity: Airway hyperreactivity, characterized by easily triggered bronchial spasms, is a risk factor for asthma.

T – Tobacco Smoke During Pregnancy: Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of asthma in children.

H – Hereditary Factors: Family history of asthma or atopic diseases can elevate one’s susceptibility to asthma.

E – Early Childhood Wheezing: Infants and young children with recurrent wheezing episodes are at higher risk of developing asthma.

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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