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A 47-year-old member asked:

can asthma return?

5 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Possible: It is not unusual for a patient to have a history of asthma as a child/teen have the symptoms resolve and then return as an adult.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Asthma can present or represent at any time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
By definition: Many would never use a single episode of wheezing as a true indication of asthma. An early, simple definition of asthma is:"recurrent episodes of wheezing or bronchospasm not always triggered by an infectious process". Single episodes can occur in response to toxic gas exposure, infection or other triggers in anyone.
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 35 years experience
Yes: In some cases from infancy, asthma improves or "disappeared" & then returns or became more symptomatic as an adult. It can happened at any age. If a young adult smokes it could developed in COPD with more chances than in others.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Yes: Asthma can return. It is important to realize that for most asthmatics, "asthma" does not come and go, it is always there in the airways even if there are no symptoms. This is because asthma is caused by long term inflammation in the lungs. Therefore, you should have regular breathing tests to assess your symptoms and medication effectiveness.

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What are common asthma triggers?

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Is asthma a psychological problem?

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What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does asthma affect people over 60?

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Respiratory diseases such as asthma are common after the age of 65 because the lung function decreases over time. You may start noticing the asthma symptoms for the first time at this age. One report in 2006 showed about 2.5 million people 65 and above had asthma problem with more than 1 million asthma attacks.
A 38-year-old member asked:

If asthma goes away, can it return?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Maybe not, however: Asthma symptoms do seem to go away as a child matures( sometimes it doesn't and continues into adulthood). However, because your are symptom-free does not necessarily mean it cannot return. It may or may not and may take years if it is going to return. It may be a good idea to continue to stay away from those triggers that gave you attacks as a child.

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