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A 31-year-old male asked:

Can you outgrow asthma? i.e. have it as a kid, then completely be free of asthma as an adult? if so, how does that work? thank you.

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
You can't : It's a chronic inflammatory condition. It will not totally go away.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not really...: Asthma is a chronic, incurable disease. However, you can have long, symptom-free intervals between exacerbations. Sometimes, these intervals can even last for years! but, you can develop an asthma exacerbation at any time, even after many symptom-free years so your asthma is really not gone, just in remission! avoiding known triggers and avoiding smoking can lessen your chances of an acute episode.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Chronic illness : Asthma changes over your lifetime and it is a chronic disease with various triggers.

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