8 doctors weighed in:
Can you develop asthma when you are older?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is possible to develop asthma in adulthood.
Allergies may or may not be a trigger. Here is a really good link: http://www.Aafa.Org/display.Cfm?Id=8&sub=16&cont=36.

In brief: Yes
It is possible to develop asthma in adulthood.
Allergies may or may not be a trigger. Here is a really good link: http://www.Aafa.Org/display.Cfm?Id=8&sub=16&cont=36.
Dr. Swati Avashia
Dr. Swati Avashia
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes. If symptoms can be reversed back to normal it may be called asthma.
In adults asthma is suspicious for something else like "cardiac asthma or cardiac disease", emphysema, or reactive airway to something ( allergens).

In brief: Yes
Yes. If symptoms can be reversed back to normal it may be called asthma.
In adults asthma is suspicious for something else like "cardiac asthma or cardiac disease", emphysema, or reactive airway to something ( allergens).
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Allen Seely
Allergies& asthma can develop over time due to repeated exposure
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not common
Depends on what "older" means.
Asthma usually begins in childhood, but can effect people of all ages. Especially in adults another cause of similar symptoms should be considered - alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Also, asthma and emphysema (COPD) are similar in symptoms but very different in treatment, so the diagnosis needs to be clearly made.

In brief: Not common
Depends on what "older" means.
Asthma usually begins in childhood, but can effect people of all ages. Especially in adults another cause of similar symptoms should be considered - alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Also, asthma and emphysema (COPD) are similar in symptoms but very different in treatment, so the diagnosis needs to be clearly made.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
A person can develop asthma for the first time at any age.
So, if you develop wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. Treatment for asthma can lead to long intervals where the patient is symptom-free. If you develop acute shortness of breath, go to an er as there are many disorders that can cause this and it can be life-threatening.

In brief: Yes
A person can develop asthma for the first time at any age.
So, if you develop wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. Treatment for asthma can lead to long intervals where the patient is symptom-free. If you develop acute shortness of breath, go to an er as there are many disorders that can cause this and it can be life-threatening.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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