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Can asthma return?

5 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 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 26 years experience
Yes: Asthma can present or represent at any time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 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 36 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 22 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.
Last updated Mar 20, 2021

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