Asthma causes

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The medical effects of mould exposure – detailed positional paper from AAAAI 2006

Asthma: the real cuprits. John Scott identifies them.
November 2010

Low intake of vitamins linked to the risk of develping asthma - a review of the conflicting studies to date. 2009.


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Research Reports

Environmental pollution and allergies. July 2017
This research paper reviews the interesting state of research considering the role that various environmental pollutants may play in allergies. Pollutants such as air pollutants (e.g. diesel exhaust particles) and chemical substances, have been shown to worsen various allergies (especially asthma) in experimental studies.

Use of antibiotics in pregnancy linked with increased risk of asthma by the age of three. March 2015

Cow's milk can cause wheezing in asthmatic children and  milk allergy should be considered, especially in children with poorly controlled asthma. November 2012

Stress closely linked to adult asthma and other allergic conditions - September 2012

Link between maternal food consumption and asthma and allergy in childrenMarch 2012

Eczema in early childhood one of the strongest risk factors associated with the development of asthma and rhinitis within 5 years. July 2012

Widely used antibiotics may increase the incidence and severity of allergic asthma in early life by disrupting gut bacteria. March 2012

Impact of air pollution on allergic diseases - the Korean Jurnal of Internal Medicine
September 2011

Mode and place of delivery, gastrointestinal microbiota and their influence on asthma and atopy
11/11November 2011

Consumption of low-fat yoghurt when pregnant can increase risk of asthma and hayfever in childhood

A mouldy home environment is associated with increased risk of asthma
September 2011

Future climate change may increase asthma attacks in children
August 2011

House dust mite test on wheezy toddlers predicts asthma in teen years

Low vitamin D level linked to allergy and asthma: A study exploring whether the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is evidence for higher risk of allergy and asthma, and looking at whether asthmatic children have lower levels of vitamin D – 06/11

Maternal exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy increases the risk of asthma in offspring – 07/11

Mouldy homes tied to kids' asthma and allergies

Cockroach allergens in homes associated with prevalence of childhood asthma

Genetic evidence for worms preventing diseases such as asthma

Asthma linked to incense burning

Living near busy roadways ups chances of allergic asthma

Genetic variations newly associated with risk for childhood asthmasuggest that allergy sensitivity may be the effect, rather than the cause of asthma – 01/11

Antibiotic use in infancy may increase the risk of asthma

Could bacteria connected with peridiontal disease help reduce incidence of allergic asthma and hay fever? 06/10

Link between mould growth and development of asthma and allergy questioned

Allergies and wheezing illnesses in childhood may be determined in the womb

US-born children more likely to develop asthma than foreign-born children.

Air pollution alters immune function, worsens asthma symptoms

Stressed out mums may worsen their child’s asthma

Food allergies raise risk of asthma attacks

Asthma may cause, rather than be caused by, allergies. 

Study finds key genetic driver of severe allergic asthma

Could paracetomol use cause teenage asthma and eczema?

Low birth weight a predictor of asthma in children

Cleaning chemicals can trigger asthma

High fat meals a bad idea for asthmatics 

More evidence that traffic fumes can worsen childhood asthma

Dogs, not cats, linked to asthma risk

The right diet in preganancy could reduce wheeze and eczema

Bacteria in household dust affect childhood asthma

Asthma linked to low Vitamin D levels in African American children

Asthmatic children with peanut allergies may have more and worse asthma attacks than those without.

Phthalates in house dust can cause asthma in children

Estrogen-only HRT may increase risk of asthma after menopause

Vocal chord dysfunction masquerading as asthma

Exposure to traffic pollution and indoor allergens multiplies the risk of asthma in high-risk children – 11/09

Small particles from traffic and heating oil may be causing toddlers to wheeze and cough

Horse dander a cause of asthma in children

Two studies link swimming pool chlorine to asthma
(07/09 & 11/09)

Caesarean births more likely to lead to childhood asthma - more research

Burning Arabian incense (bakhour) in the home is a common trigger for wheezing in asthmatic children but does not appear to affect the prevalence of the condition.

Low vitamin D linked to severe asthma but there does not appear to be a causal relationship.

Washington State University team have discovered a substance, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), made by damaged skin in eczema patients which may trigger asthma symptoms.

Study in Belarus supports the theory that children who grow up in sanitised environments face an increased risk of allergic conditions such as hayfever and asthma.

Oral contraceptive/asthma link

Babies born in high pollen months more likely to wheeze

Lack of sunlight could increase risk of pollution-related asthma

Home cleaning may increase asthma symptoms

House dust mites trigger asthma attacks through trickery

Caesarean delivery increases risk of childhood asthma

Children with food allergies are significantly more likely to develop asthma than those without such allergies

Children born to women who take stomach acid-suppressing drugs during pregnancy are more likely to develop asthma

Childhood virus linked to asthma

Nuts in pregnancy may lead to higher risk of asthma

Caesarean births more likely to lead to childhood asthma

Viral wheezing infections linked to childhood asthma

Organophosphates exacerbate asthma

Higher allergy risk in kids due to traffic pollution

Risk of asthma reduced when vaccination delayed
(06/08) via JS

Breastfeeding not linked to childhood asthma risk

Of chitin, crabs and asthma
(03/08) via JS

Sugar might do more than just plump up our children, it could also help give them asthma
(03/08) JS

Increased allergen levels in homes linked to asthma
(02/08) JS

Mice allergens are factors in asthma in both urban and non-urban homes
(03/08) JS

Children with mothers with depression or anxiety may face increased risk of developing asthma
(01/08) JS

Sufferers from severe asthma may have a different form of the disease than those who have mild asthma
(01/08) JS

Sufferers from severe lung infections in childhood face increased risk of asthma in later life
(12/07) JS

Cats and asthma risk
(12/07) JS

Traffic fumes and asthma
(12/07) JHS

Sufferers from childhood cat allergies face increased risk of asthma and hayfever in adulthood
(12/07) JS

Menopausal women may have an increased risk of asthma
(12/07) JS

Caesarian sections may increase asthma risk
(11/07) JS

Breastfed babies breathe better, except when mother has asthma
(11/07) JS

Farm children appear to have a lower risk of asthma
(10/07) JS

Over half of all sufferers develop asthma because of allergies
(10/07) JS

Sporty teenagers are less likely to develop asthma, but dancing teens face increased asthma risk
(10/07) JS

Helicobacter pylori protects against asthma and allergy
(09/07) JS

Direct correlation between aerosol cleaners and respiratory difficulties in adults
(08/07) JS

Could candida have a role In the development of bronchial asthma?

Asthma severity linked to poor diet

Elderly mothers - less asthma?
(07/07) JS

Dusty homes may reduce the risk of breathing allergies
(07/07) JS

Rhinitis-allergy link

A clue to asthma

Children's lungs fall victim to traffic pollution

Asthma sufferers at greater risk from pesticides

HRT drugs shown to cause asthma

Climate change likely to turn up the heat for allergies
(08/06) JS

Antibiotics & Allergies

Pregnant? Home chemicals can increase risk of asthma


NB Information on this site is not a substitute for medical advice and no liability can be assumed for its use.

First Published in October 2004


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