Top
10
Doctor insights on: Outgrowing Asthma

Share
1

1
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

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Sue Ferranti
2,965 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
Is it possible to outgrow asthma?

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 more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
Is there anything i can do to outgrow asthma?

Is there anything i can do to outgrow asthma?

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

5

5
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

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
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?

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 more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
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

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway Obstruction: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath due to airway obstruction. The symptoms are usually episodic, but can be present on a daily basis. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
What is asthma?

What is asthma?

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 more

See 2 more doctor answers