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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 5 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: If asthma is poorly controlled in children, they may be excluded from some physical activities or be picked-on by other children. This could affect social development however, physical development would be expected to be normal, even among children who use inhaled steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep it simple: If your child is prescribed a controller drug make sure to take it everyday. Learn how to use inhaled drugs correctly. Eliminate indoor pollution - cigarette & fireplace smoke. Completely control important allergens whatever they are. Learn to recognize early warning signs of increasing asthma & act on them. Use an asthma treatment plan. Involve your child in controlling & treating his/her asthma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pulmonary Function: Pulmonary function testing can be performed on children as young as 4 years old. Children younger than 4 can sometimes perform a peak expiratory flow test, but are usually treated based on history and physical examination and other diagnostic tests such as oxygen saturation. ...Read more
Discuss with Ur doc: Wheezing in childhood is not always asthma.In fact the majority of kids have infection related wheezing that dissapears by school age. You are more likely to have true asthma if you were in an ICU in childhood, have a family history of asthma, had eczema as a kid, or other allergy related problems.Your doc can set up some studies if you are curious. ...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
Less than 5 is hard: Studies have shown that a 3 years old, has had 3 or more wheezy episodes in a year, has proven allergy and has a parent with a history of asthma, then this child has a 60% chance of having asthma already. Pulmonary function tests are helpful after age 5. It is possible to do an eno test in younger kids. If your child has received more than 1 course of oral steroids in a yr, see pediatricallergist. ...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 9 more doctor answers
Asthma: Asthma needs to be controlled well. Some children have asthma from severe allergies. If allergies trigger asthma than controlling allergies helps control it. Asthma education is very important. If a child goes to day care/ school than the teacher needs to be aware of it. There are different medications for prevention like singulair/ steroid inhalers talk to the pcp. ...Read more
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