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Is There a History of Asthma in Your Family?

Although asthma is an easy diagnosis to make, it is surprising how many people
do not know if anyone in their family has asthma. One of the main reasons this
happens is because doctors often prescribe medication for asthma, but tell the
patient that he has “bronchitis” or “reactive airway disease.” (Reactive airway
disease is a newer term for asthma.) In addition, people with asthma often have
mild symptoms and therefore do not think they have the condition. Here are some
questions to ask if you want to know whether there is a history of asthma in
your family:

If you know your family history in more detail, it may help the next time your
bring your child to the doctor’s office with a chronic cough or other
respiratory problem.

Howard J. Bennett, M.D.