Asthma is a complex disease. Health professionals do not know for certain what causes asthma, but studies have shown that both genetics and the environment can affect your risk of getting asthma.
Your family history can help you and your doctor understand what your risk may be for asthma. It also can help you learn what your triggers may be and medications that may help you control your asthma.
Remember, just because asthma runs in your family, it does not mean you will get asthma. The following research provides more information on asthma and genomics.
The following links provide fun tips to help families talk about, write down, and share their family health history with their doctor and family members.