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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...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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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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Could my neighbours smoke give my children asthma?

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 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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How much does living in a city, or even a suburb, affect children with asthma?

How much does living in a city, or even a suburb, affect children with asthma?

Depends: Asthma can effect anyone. However one can see some differences in various populations. Poor socioeconomic circumstances, lack of access to care, exposure to different allergens and pollution all effect the development of asthma and its progression. ...Read more

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How common is asthma in children?

How common is asthma in children?

Mgt: It is quite common and an estimated 1/7 children has had a history of recurrent wheezing. There are many presentations of this diverse disease which result in different patterns of presentation and course. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available. A virtual appointment is available online. ...Read more

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How do you treat asthma in children?

How do you treat asthma in children?

Reliever/controller: There are two types of asthma meds. Relievers. That are quick acting bronchodilators designed to "open up" the airways, and controllers. That attack the underlying cause of asthma: chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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