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Are certain groups of people at a higher risk for asthma?

There are certain groups of people at higher risk for asthma than others. The prevalence of asthma is higher among children than adults and higher among African Americans and Hispanics than Caucasians. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, African Americans are three times as likely as Caucasians to be hospitalized from asthma and three times as likely to die from the disease. Racial differences in asthma prevalence and mortality are believed to be highly related to poverty, urban air quality, indoor allergens, lack of patient education and inadequate medical care.

Women are more likely to die from asthma than are men. Studies have shown that asthma may be related to women's hormonal changes and could be triggered before or during the menstrual period. Some women first develop asthma during or after a pregnancy, but asthma symptoms may also subside during pregnancy or not be affected at all.

Certain groups of people are at higher risk for asthma. People who have a family history of eczema, allergies or asthma have a higher risk of these conditions. Also, people are at higher risk of asthma if their parents smoked cigarettes when they were young.

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