A 31-year-old member asked:
Can you get rid of asthma completely?
2 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Probably not: Because asthma has a genetic component to it, in most cases you can't get "rid" of or "outgrow" asthma, you can only control it. Remember, asthma is inflammation, and studies suggest that even when patients feel fine and have no asthma symptoms there is likely some underlying inflammation present in the airways at all times. Conditions that mimic asthma (like bronchitis) can resolve completely.
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Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Not usually.: Asthma is a condition of hyperactive airways that can be triggered by different causes that vary from person to person. If the only trigger for your asthma is inhaling cat dander, and you remove the cat from your home, you may have very little asthma unless you encounter cats outside your home. Most asthma can be very well controlled, however, either with medications or allergy desensitization.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me how to help get rid of my asthma?
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Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Asthma control: While there is no "cure" for asthma, it can be controlled through a treatment plan that could include avoiding asthma triggers, medications, and/or allergy injections. An asthma specialist such as an allergist can assist in developing that plan, such that asthma can be controlled.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Does it happen that people get rid of asthma for good?
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Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Not curable: Asthma is not curable but there are plenty of treatments available to control and relieve symptoms. Asthmatics can experience long symptom-free intervals but there is no cure at this time and an asthma exacerbation can occur at any time. See your doctor for the best treatment possible for you.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Was wondering if there is a natural way to get rid of asthma?
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Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not likely: Though you can reduce your attacks and appear to be "cured" asthma may last a lifetime. The best non-medication advice is to remove as many of your "triggers" from your life as possible. Cover mattresses with plastic barriers, remove rugs, stuffed animals, use air-conditioning and stay away from pollen and pollution as much as possible.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
How can you get rid of pet dander for asthma?
3 doctor answers • 14 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Bathing/Cleaning: While nothing works as well as simply not having a cat or dog in the first place, you can dramatically reduce the amount of dander by bathing the animal twice per week, vacuuming with a filtered vacuum, having hard polished floors and using a hepa air filter in key rooms. However, this is a significant amount of work, and it will still take about four months for the dander to disappear.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Daughter has asthma, do I need to get rid of pets?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
If she's allergic: Children with asthma who are allergic to pets should have minimal exposure to them (preferably the pet will not live in the house with the child). However, there is no reason that a child with asthma should avoid a cat or dog if they are not allergic to cats or dogs. Skin tests or a simple lab test can help diagnose cat or dog allergy.
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