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Asthma Teen And 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 â€œadult onsetâ€ 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma: The diagnosis of asthma at any age is potentially dangerous if not managed correctly but with proper guidance and correct use of medication it is controllable. Do not smoke or be around anyone who smokes, and ask your doctor about other triggers like animal dander, excercise, etc. ...Read more
Can you outgrow asthma? I.E. Have it as a kid, then completely be free of asthma as an adult? If so, how does that work? Thank you.
Not really...: Asthma is a chronic, incurable disease. However, you can have long, symptom-free intervals between exacerbations. Sometimes, these intervals can even last for years! but, you can develop an asthma exacerbation at any time, even after many symptom-free years so your asthma is really not gone, just in remission! avoiding known triggers and avoiding smoking can lessen your chances of an acute episode. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not uncommon.: Sometimes a viral infection can trigger this...or it is possible to develop seasonal or other allergies, even if they weren't there when younger. There are other lung conditions that can mimic asthma, so just be sure you've discussed this with your doctor or a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tests...: To diagnose asthma, one needs to diagnose recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. This can be done by a doctor based on clinical grounds (example: the doctor hears wheezing/coughing on more than one occasion and it resolves completely with treatment). Or, the diagnosis can be made in the pulmonary function lab if this diagnosis is suspected but the physical exam is normal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma: Potentially serious and deadly if not treated. Differennt kinds: intermitten t(<2x/wk), persistent (>2x/wk); mild-moderate-severe. Exercise induced asthma. Other triggered by chemical, allergens, pollution. Treatment needs to be based on your severity, frequency, and previous medications and other factor in your health profile. . Your asthma is not your friend's asthma. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: Although it was believed that asthma could only start in childhood and in the 60's no one could have allergic asthma developing after age 40, it is clear now that asthma can indeed occur in adulthood. Based on my experience, I estimate that about 25% of the asthma cases develop during adulthood. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't plan on it: True asthma is a genetically influenced defect at the cellular level.It can be so mild some are never symptomatic or so bad they are on continuous meds for life. Much of wheezing in kids is not true asthma and 70%+ grow out of it.As an adult,the best you can do is respect the condition and work with your doc to minimize events.If you ignore it you could have significant problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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