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A friend's child was just diagnosed with asthma, is that a serious condition?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Can be
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs that if left untreated can be very serious and potentially fatal.
Fortunately, with proper evaluation and treatment most patients will do very well. Like any disease ongoing monitoring and management are required to optimize the patients condition.

In brief: Can be
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs that if left untreated can be very serious and potentially fatal.
Fortunately, with proper evaluation and treatment most patients will do very well. Like any disease ongoing monitoring and management are required to optimize the patients condition.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. David Lipkin
Caution! Children with asthma are more likely to experience a severe life threatening allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis. Symptoms may be mistaken for a "routine" episode of asthma BUT there are clues. Suspect anaphylaxis if any of the following accompany an asthma attack:crampy abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea,hives, itching, flushing, swelling of lips or tongue or eyelids>*call Rescue squad
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Untreated or poorly treated it can be fatal.
Well treated it does not need to have any negative impact on his life or lifespan.

In brief: Yes
Untreated or poorly treated it can be fatal.
Well treated it does not need to have any negative impact on his life or lifespan.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
In brief: Not usually
Most asthma cases are relatively mild but require attention to the things that may trigger the wheezing.
Not very many have severe disease.

In brief: Not usually
Most asthma cases are relatively mild but require attention to the things that may trigger the wheezing.
Not very many have severe disease.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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In brief: Varies
The severity of asthma is variable.
If appropriately managed, by a health care provider, the asthma is able to be controlled.

In brief: Varies
The severity of asthma is variable.
If appropriately managed, by a health care provider, the asthma is able to be controlled.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Absolutely!
Not treating the underlying allergies that commonly cause childhood asthma means that the lung inflammation is likely to get worse over time, with progressive loss of lung function.
All children who wheeze, particularly those over age three, should be evaluated by an allergist for the best possible outcomes. Simply guessing at the most likely allergens is never a good substitute for real treatment.

In brief: Absolutely!
Not treating the underlying allergies that commonly cause childhood asthma means that the lung inflammation is likely to get worse over time, with progressive loss of lung function.
All children who wheeze, particularly those over age three, should be evaluated by an allergist for the best possible outcomes. Simply guessing at the most likely allergens is never a good substitute for real treatment.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
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