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Is it possible to develop true asthma as an adult?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Very much so : There is in fact a diagnosis referred to as adult onset asthma. It's possible to develop asthma in your 50's or 60's+!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Can emerge late: Most males will have significant symptoms by age 1 and girls by 4, but I have seen it emerge as late as 16 (I don't see over 20) so I have seen it happen. Not all that causes wheezing is true asthma and the pattern of recurrences will often define the true problem.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Yes it is Possible: Yes it is Possible to develop true Asthma as an adult. Actually you can develop Asthma at any age

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