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A 46-year-old member asked:

Child asthma vs. adult asthma or do you get both?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Most children with asthma still have asthma as adults, although the severity of asthma can change over time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Label confusion: Many of those who wheeze during a variety of illnesses as infants and young kids grow out of this by school age (about 60%).They may be labeled as having asthma but I don't call this asthma. There are kids with true asthma that will show by 1yo in males & 4 in most females.They will have the tendency to have adult asthma. However, asthma is quite variable in intensity so label confusion is common

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

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Dr. James Fox
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Child more allergic: Children with asthma are more likely to have a significant allergic component to their illness. However, allergy can be a factor at any age. Both childfren and adults respond well to medications, and the agents used are similar. Typically attacks in children evlove more quickly than those in adults, and children usually respond faster to treatment.

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Last updated Jun 27, 2017


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