A 30-year-old member asked:
can an adult be diagnosed with asthma if they never had it as a child?
2 doctor answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Asthma in some of its milder forms is often mislabeled in kids as bronchitis or recurrent pneumonia. As you age the pattern may become more definite & recognizable.
Answered on Nov 19, 2013
Dr. Numaan Malik answered
17 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Asthma can develop at any age. Majority of those diagnosed with asthma in childhood are asymptomatic or have a significant improvement in their symptoms by the time they reach adulthood. Adult asthmatics however are unlikely to achieve complete remission of their symptoms.
Answered on Oct 14, 2012
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