Most of us are aware that asthma frequently develops during childhood but many people are not aware that it can develop during adulthood as well. We wanted to bring attention to this issue and disprove that commonly believed myth that asthma can’t develop later in life. Unfortunately, no matter what your age, asthma can develop even at age 50, 60 or later. Studies have found a few reasons for adult onset asthma:
- The most common cause is allergies. In fact, 50 percent of adults who have asthma also have allergies.
- Obesity also appears to significantly increase the risk of asthma during adulthood.
- Exposure to substances commonly found in the environment such as cigarette smoke and perfume can trigger adult onset asthma.
- Different illnesses including viruses and other infections can also be a factor.
- In general, women are more likely to develop asthma as an adult and it appears hormonal fluctuations play a role.