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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 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
Depends : Many physicians label a lot of wheezing processes in infancy as asthma that may not be true asthma.Various lower respiratory viruses like RSV can bring out a transient wheezing tendency that disappears with age.Up to 75% of wheezy kids will not wheeze after 4-5y. This overlaps true asthma, the worst cases may present < 1y in males <4y in females & persist through life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely, but: Outgrowing asthma usually refers to infants or toddlers who have asthma symptoms triggered by colds only. If the child has eczema, food allergies, >4% eos on CBC or, a parent with asthma then lower chances that they will outgrow asthma. Adults with asthma can "control" their asthma by avoiding asthma triggers and medications, but are unlikely to have spontaneous resolution. ...Read more
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
If you didn't outgrow asthma as a child, and still have it as a young adult, does it become COPD when you're older?
Treatment matters: Most asthma can be effectively treated with inhaled medications that would prevent progression to fixed airflow obstruction. Asthma does not lead to emphysema, but if untreated it can lead to scarring of the airways and permanent airflow obstruction. ...Read moreSee 2 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 2 more doctor answers
Chronic disease: It is chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is related narrowed airways from inflammatory changes of the airway walls and spasm of the muscle in the airways(bronchospasm). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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