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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.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can children with asthma take night quill?

Can children with asthma take night quill?

Yes: But it would be best to ask your pediatrician the safest dose and if this is really the most appropriate therapy for your child.

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How to heal asthma in children holistically?

Cannot: I'm afraid asthma cannot be cured by western medicine or any complementary or alternative medicine. It can, at best, be well-managed. Most children with asthma will actually outgrow it and be perfectly healthy (lung-wise) as adults.

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What are the symptoms of asthma in children?

What are the symptoms of asthma in children?

Many: Asthma symptoms are varied. They can range from just having kids that cough with exercise or at night to kids that have shortness of breath and audible wheezing with anything from change of weather to colds.

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What can be done to treat asthma in children?

What can be done to treat asthma in children?

Rescue and Control: We use a combination of rescue meds (albuterol) for acute (right now) symptoms AND controllers (inhaled steroids or leukotriene modifiers)for everyday/ long term control of symptoms. Reduction of triggers like tobacco smoke, dust, mold, other allergens. Talk to your primary care about options.

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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).

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How to reduce out minimise asthma in children?

How to reduce out minimise asthma in children?

Avoid triggers: Avoid known triggers, ale sure your environment is not filled with chemicals, scents or fumes.Avoid second hand smoke, be very mindful of environmental triggers and allergens and pollens, as well as clastic changes. Keep an eye on reactions to foods and make sure you are taking your medications as directed.

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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.

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What are the common symptoms of asthma in children?

Cough, wheeze, SOB: Coughing is the most common symptom of asthma especially if cough occurs with exercise or laughing. Colds that routinely go to the chest are very common in patients with asthma. Wheezing and shortness of breath may also occur with colds or exercise, but cough is the most common symptom.

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What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

Pediatric asthma: All children with asthma should receive albuterol for quick relief of symptoms. Nih asthma guidelines suggest, children 0-4 years old with persistent asthma be treated preferably with low doses of inhaled steroids (pulmicort, flovent) or alternatively with singulair (montelukast) or cromolyn. As the severity worsens, higher doses of inhaled steroids are used and combined with singulair (montelukast) or serevent (as advair).

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Why has asthma increased in children less than 18 years old?

Lots of reasons: It may be due to increased awareness of the disease, so instead of calling it something else we are diagnosing asthma. It may also be due to our environment. We are aware of certain countries where asthma is lower. It tends to be in less developed countries or even in areas where they let livestock live in their homes. We may be keeping our kids too clean!

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