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Can an adult be diagnosed with asthma if they never had it as a child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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.
Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
In addition, symptoms of asthma can present later in life and not present in childhood at all.
Jul 24, 2012
Dr. Numaan Malik
Pulmonary Critical Care 18 years experience
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.

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