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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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