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Doctor insights on: Asthma Exacerbation In Adults In Children

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Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Yes: According to CDC statistics asthma incidence (new cases per year) among adults (age 18+ years) was 3.8/1000, whereas that among children was 12.5/1000. Incidence among children aged 0–4 years was 23.4/1000, more than five times greater than that among youth aged 12–17 years (4.4/1000). ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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Why is asthma worse for children than for adults?

Why is asthma worse for children than for adults?

Not necessarily: The severity of asthma is not universally worse during childhood--it depends on the patient. ...Read more

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I've read about an article pointing out junk food as a worsening factor of asthma in children. Does this apply to adults?

I've read about an article pointing out junk food as a worsening factor of asthma in children. Does this apply to adults?

Asthma: Obesity has been linked to asthma. Eating junk food leads to obesity. Obesity in children as well as adults causes worsening of asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Depends: Its tough to say with knowing your history. However, typically, asthma exacerbations are treated by increasing the frequency of rescue medications either by inhaler or nebulizer. Depending on dose, you inhaled steroid my be increased. Oral steroids are very common practice. If the exacerbation is really bad, you may need to be hospitalized and placed on heliox. ...Read more

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Is blue skin caused by asthma exacerbation in adults? What are the symptoms?

Is blue skin caused by asthma exacerbation in adults? What are the symptoms?

Serious complication: Cyanosis in an asthmatic is an ominous sign, life threatening. ...Read more

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Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

No: Nothing new for many years now. Singulair (montelukast) is probably the newest good thing and it is not for exacerbations, but for maintenance. ...Read more

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What is the chance that blue skin is caused by asthma exacerbation in children? What are the usual symptoms?

What is the chance that blue skin is caused by asthma exacerbation in children? What are the usual symptoms?

Unlikely: If an asthma attack is very severe it can lead to respiratory failure where, the oxygen level can decrease and lead to cyanosis (bluish color of the lip and around the mouth). This is a very late sign in an asthma attack and an emergency. The usual signs of asthma in children is relentless cough, wheezing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Can children outgrow asthma?

Can children outgrow asthma?

Can be asymptomatic: You do not "outgrow" asthma, but can become asymptomatic- not have symptoms. The asthma can potentiaaly come back at a later date. Think of it as an iceberg. If below the surface no symptoms. Once about the water line symptoms return. ...Read more

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Do children outgrow their asthma?

Do children outgrow their asthma?

Perhaps: This is an area of controversy in medicine. Statistically, there are many children with childhood asthma who grow up to not complain of symptoms; however it is not clear if they are just avoiding activity that incites asthma or are used to the symptoms and don't seek treatment. So, it is possible to be an adult who had childhood asthma and be relatively symptom free. ...Read more

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What causes asthma to occur in children?

What causes asthma to occur in children?

Genetics/external fr: There is ample evidence that true asthma is genetically linked to the issues of allergy & eczema & frequency is higher when one or both parents are affected. Lower respiratory tract viruses often trigger both infectious wheezing & that of true asthma early on with infectious wheezing subsiding after 3-4y. Allergies often co-exist but less than 5% of events are allergy driven alone. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop true asthma as an adult?

Is it possible to develop true asthma as an adult?

Yes it is Possible: Yes it is Possible to develop true Asthma as an adult. Actually you can develop Asthma at any age ...Read more

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Can diet or exercise help improve asthma in adult?

Can diet or exercise help improve asthma in adult?

Yes and no: While neither of thes directly improve the lung disease itself, but being more fit you use less oxygen and use it more efficiently. Weight loss and physical fitness improve the quality of life of asthmatics - which certainly helps. ...Read more

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Could my neighbours smoke give my children asthma?

Trigger it, yes: Asthma is a complex condition with genetic features and environmental triggers. It is unlikely that a neighbors smoke could give your child asthma, but it could trigger a wheezing event if your child has the tendency and 2nd hand smoke does double a kids respiratory disease frequency. ...Read more

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Can small children with asthma eventually be cured?

Can small children with asthma eventually be cured?

Maybe: Many children under age 2 wheeze with respiratory infections often treated with asthma medicines for relief - reactive airways disease. If relatively mild outbreaks they often outgrow it. Those who flare up frequently without an infectious trigger are more suspicious for true asthma. Dailey inhaled steroids can help reduce flares and allow the lungs to grow. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to develop asthma as an adult?

How likely is someone to develop asthma as an adult?

It can happen: ..at anytime in your life. Most likely due to allergens in the environment. ...Read more

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Can you get asthma in adults without having symptoms?

Can you get asthma in adults without having symptoms?

Not sure about quest: One of the primary diagnostic criteria for asthma are symptoms. Can asthma occur at any age- yes. But without any symptoms why would you think you have asthma? I either case a simple spirometry test and oral history can confirm or rule out asthma. ...Read more

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How much does inside the city affect children with asthma?

How much does inside the city affect children with asthma?

A lot: Pollution, car/diesel fumes, dust, smoke all can exacerbate asthma, especially when repeatedly exposed. Same goes for rented apartments where you can't get rid of carpeting, shades etc that collect dust and mold. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't have a choice. See your doctor for a more comprehensive list of what your child should avoid. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why has asthma increased in children, over the past 30 years?

Why has asthma increased in children, over the past 30 years?

Pollution etc.: Because of our poor stewardship of our planet, our air, water and food are all polluted. The only answer is a pristine diet so that cellular energy is at its best. Even that is not enough because our food does not contain the vitamin/mineral content needed for good health. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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When is the typical onset of asthma? Can a person develop asthma as an adult?

When is the typical onset of asthma? Can a person develop asthma as an adult?

The: The simple answer is yes; asthma can develop at any age including adulthood. However, studies have shown that there is substantial complexity to this. Many young adults who are diagnosed with “adult onset” asthma actually turn out to have a history of wheezing during childhood or a history of atopy (allergies such as hayfever or eczema). This suggests that new onset asthma in young adulthood may have its origin in early childhood. Women also seem to be more susceptible than men in developing adult onset asthma. Studies have also shown that in contrast to childhood asthma (which many people grow out of), adult onset asthma tends to persist with at least the same level of severity if not worse as you get older. Diagnosing new onset asthma in older adults is more problematic as there are many other conditions that can mimic asthma and can lead to a misdiagnosis. Some examples of conditions that can do this include bronchiolitis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (especially in smokers) and left-ventricular heart failure. Therefore, a diagnosis of adult onset asthma should only be made after extensive workup, preferably by a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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