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Do most kids outgrow asthma?

Do most kids outgrow asthma?

No: Outgrowing asthma is a slightly controversial topic; while some adults who had asthma as a child do not have symptoms as an adult, objective measurements of lung function often find problems in these individuals. It is not clear if there is truly a lessening of the disease, a decrease in activity, or tolerance (or some combination of all three) that leads to the phenomina. ...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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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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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.

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 more

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Can asthma affect child's behaviour?

Can asthma affect child's behaviour?

Yes: When asthma is well controlled a child with asthma can exercise and sleep well without coughing/wheezing at night. Asthma can cause difficulty breathing and lower oxygen saturation levels. A child will become tired while breathing, exercising and cough or wheeze at night. Asthma symptoms can affect the child's energy level, sleep pattern. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

How do I know if my child has asthma?

History: History of symptoms tends to be very important in children. Cough with exertion, laughing or crying, cough with uris, wheezing, or cough at night, all can be clues to childhood asthma. A physical exam helps and then as the child gets older, specialized lung function tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

Symptoms, tests: Symptoms of pediatric asthma are cough, wheeze, and/or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath that is recurrent and commonly triggered by colds, exercise, cold air and at night. If over 5 yrs old a breathing test called spirometry will be done. Albuterol that treats asthma can be used and if symptoms improve, that is suggestive. Chest x-ray usually normal. Allergies commonly coincide. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Symptoms: The usual symptoms of asthma are recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath that occur more frequently at night (3 am) and with exercise. A cough that lingers way beyond the usual with a common cold is also typical. Other common triggers that suggest asthma are cold air, smoke or other forms of air pollution. Children over 5 yrs old can do breathing test also. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Recurrent sxs...: Asthma symptoms, which occur episodically, include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. During these episodes, the patient may be hypoxic so it is important that an emergent eval by a doctor be sought and an er visit may be necessary. Call 911 if the symptoms are severe. Between episodes, most patients are normal. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a child has asthma?

How can you tell if a child has asthma?

Asthma: A good history , physical and spirometry can help to make the diagnosis. Look out for the typical symptoms of cough, wheeze, dyspnea, sputum production. ...Read more

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