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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can asthma ever go away?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Hard to answer: Though quite often, childhood asthma appears to go away once you reach your teens, it may reappear in your adulthood. Too may variables to discuss here. Talk it over with your family physician.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Lifelong issue: True asthma is understood today as a genetically linked issue that stays with you through life. For many it will go through phases of increased or decreased symptoms based on illness, triggers, growth, and environmental exposures. Many adults have reached a stable state where minimal maintainance meds or efforts are needed, but may have a return of symptoms at any time.Be ready if problems return.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

Can asthma go away over time?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Usually not: Asthma may go away during early childhood but having a positive allergy skin test makes such remission much less likely. For most people, asthma tends to linger although the severity or frequency may vary. Having said that, although most studies have found asthma beyond age 7 to be a persistent problem, I have seen remission on a few >10 yrs. The answer is unlikely but probably not impossible.
Dr. Tipu Sultan
Dr. Tipu Sultan commented
Specializes in Allergy
i agree that asthma goes away spontaneously but seldom. Medicines cover up symptoms. what we propose is to treat the cause which is usually inhalants like dust mold pollen allergy or food allergy or a combination of both. in to learn treating the cause please visit us at www.ehacstl.com
Jul 16, 2015
Dr. Duane Gels
Dr. Duane Gels commented
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Shirley Murphy and her group from New Mexico have excellent follow up data on this. Environment does play a role. Suggest: www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_a_e/asthma_action_plan_508.pdf
Jul 17, 2015

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