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Do children outgrow their asthma?

21 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Mounaf Ahmad
yes, especially if it is not the severe or persistent type
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Asthma management

Aggressive asthma management in the childhood years can help prevent remodeling in the lungs, which is a major predictor of continued adulthood asthma.
Prompt recognition of symptoms and use of the rescue medication albuterol is key. Inhaled steroids are often used in people with frequent albuterol needs, to stabilize the lungs and reduce flare ups. Get an Asthma Action plan from your doctor!

In brief: Asthma management

Aggressive asthma management in the childhood years can help prevent remodeling in the lungs, which is a major predictor of continued adulthood asthma.
Prompt recognition of symptoms and use of the rescue medication albuterol is key. Inhaled steroids are often used in people with frequent albuterol needs, to stabilize the lungs and reduce flare ups. Get an Asthma Action plan from your doctor!
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Difficult label

Roughly 70-80% of recurrent wheezing in infancy is gone by mid childhood and never seen in the adult.
I don't accept that as true asthma, with its genetic features, since there are so many infectious agents that trigger recurrent wheezing in younger kids.Until we have a reliable genetic marker for true asthma, we will be left with many labeled that way that grow out of it.

In brief: Difficult label

Roughly 70-80% of recurrent wheezing in infancy is gone by mid childhood and never seen in the adult.
I don't accept that as true asthma, with its genetic features, since there are so many infectious agents that trigger recurrent wheezing in younger kids.Until we have a reliable genetic marker for true asthma, we will be left with many labeled that way that grow out of it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

When they get older adolesent and teen it often becomes quiet(no asthma symptoms) but they can recur again later. So you don't really grow out of it.
It becomes latent.

In brief: Maybe

When they get older adolesent and teen it often becomes quiet(no asthma symptoms) but they can recur again later. So you don't really grow out of it.
It becomes latent.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes for majority

The majority (60-70%) of children who had recurrent wheezing episodes in early childhood "outgrows" by 6 years old.

In brief: Yes for majority

The majority (60-70%) of children who had recurrent wheezing episodes in early childhood "outgrows" by 6 years old.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Michael Rupp
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes But Not All

Asthma is a complex disease.
If you look at statistics, there are more children with asthma than there are adults with asthma and so one would assume that some do outgrow it. However, some do avoid triggering activities and exposures and so go undiagnosed while others see a return in their asthma later in life.

In brief: Yes But Not All

Asthma is a complex disease.
If you look at statistics, there are more children with asthma than there are adults with asthma and so one would assume that some do outgrow it. However, some do avoid triggering activities and exposures and so go undiagnosed while others see a return in their asthma later in life.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Dr. Michael Rupp
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