Does childhood asthma go away

Does childhood asthma go away

Will my asthma go away or resolve by itself?

We know that childhood asthma can subside spontaneously - usually around puberty or shortly thereafter. This occurs in a significant number of cases. On the other hand, adult asthmatics rarely undergo remissions. In adults with asthma, the disease is almost always lifelong although there have been recorded cases of spontaneous remissions.

Does childhood asthma go away

Is There a Cure?

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, asthma is a lifelong illness that cannot be cured. However, there are ways to significantly reduce symptoms from occurring, thereby making asthma dormant. Asthma treatments, whether preventative or medicinal, are aimed at controlling rather than curing the disease. Asthma is considered to be controlled if flareups do not occur more than twice a week.

Does asthma ever "go away" over time?

Asthma is an unfortunate problem to have to deal with, but you are correct in hoping that your symptoms might improve over time. For reasons that aren't completely clear, many people will find that their coughing, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms all tend to improve as they age. That being said, like most diseases, asthma is very personal and can be different for each individual. The best thing to do is to meet regularly with your family practice doctor or the medicine doctor that has been following you, and establish a good relationship with an internist now that you are in need of an adult doctor rather than a pediatrician. We are fortunate to live in a time when the medications that are available help to limit the effects of many diseases such as asthma. With proper management and alterations in your medications as needed to control your symptoms, it is quite possible for many people to continue as very competitive athletes whether their disease improves in and of itself or not. As for your allergies, many people will also feel that these improve over time, but it is also very person-dependent. Please continue to meet with your physician regularly as needed to optimize your control of your asthma.

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