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I am asthmatic,If I have second child, will that also be asthmatic ?

Hi I am 31 years old now, I have a son who is 4 years and he is diagnosed to be asthmatic. I am asthmatic since 20 years. If I have second child, will that also be asthmatic ?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Mar 2010
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dear Patient, I totally understand your concern. As far as Asthma is concerned, its mode of inheritance is polygenetic, that means, more than one gene is responsible for inheritance of asthma from parents to children. This certainly puts the child in a higher risk group for asthma. But this DOESNOT mean the child will be asthmatic for sure. The genes for asthma are mostly triggered by environmental factors , ( like smoke, dust, pollens, cold air, strenous exercise etc ) and protection of children from such factors will delay the onset and reduce severity of the diseases to a considerable extent. I hope this answer addresses your concern, take care of yourself and your son. Good day!
Answered: Thu, 22 Dec 2011
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  Anonymous's Response

Hi.. The mode of inheritance of asthma is not known, and hence one cannot predict the chances of asthma in your next child.. The chances are definitely higher when compared to one with no family history.. The development of symptoms of asthma in your next child even in the presence of the gene will depend on the various environmental factors that include allergies.. So if your next child will have the symptoms, this can only be answered by time..

Answered: Thu, 11 Mar 2010
Pulmonologist Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra's  Response
Asthma is not a confirmed hereditary disease however there are increased chances when compared to a child with no family history. And also please remember most of the childhood asthma patients become asymptomatic by adolescence.
Answered: Wed, 21 Dec 2011
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