Asthma symptoms that begin in childhood may fade later in adulthood. However, a child's asthma may disappear briefly only to reappear a few years later. However, some children with asthma, particularly those with severe asthma, never grow out of it. In these cases, the airway inflammation associated with asthma will always need treatment.
As long as you are breathing, you will probably grow out of asthma. But if your asthma returns, it might be worse or better than before. If you have severe asthma, they may try to tell you that you do not grow out of it because if you were to develop symptoms of asthma again, it would be much harder for you to control.
People who have never had asthma often think that it goes away when you stop breathing hard. This is not true for people with asthma. Your lungs will still recover even if you stop using your inhaler, because asthma is a chronic condition that requires medical attention.
Your child's symptoms may subside as he grows older, or he may develop asthma or another respiratory issue later in life. Asthma is a chronic condition that can be controlled, but not cured. However, many people with asthma can control it well enough not to need hospitalization or emergency treatments.
However, about 10 percent of people with asthma will have an acute episode of breathlessness and cough that requires medical attention. This is called an asthmatic attack. Other signs of an attack include increased wheezing, tightness in the chest, and excessive sweating. People with asthma can reduce their risk of attacks by maintaining good asthma control - meaning having their symptoms managed without using strong medications - and by taking prescribed medications as directed.
If your child is experiencing symptoms that may indicate an asthma attack, get him to a safe place and call 911. The first thing paramedics will do is give your child oxygen through a mask. They may also give him a bronchodilator to open up his airways or anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the damage done by the inflammation associated with the attack.
It is important to recognize the signs of an attack so that you can take the necessary steps to prevent or stop it from happening.
Asthma is most frequent in children, although it can strike at any age. People over the age of 50 are more likely to be diagnosed with this lung condition. Childhood asthma and adult-onset asthma share the same symptoms and are treated similarly. The only difference is that adults are more likely than children to be diagnosed with asthma later in life.
People who have had childhood asthma are still at risk for developing adult-onset asthma. Both conditions can be triggered by environmental factors such as dust mites, cigarette smoke, fungi, pollen, and exercise. In addition, people who have had asthma as children may also be at risk for developing occupational asthma. Occupational asthma results from an allergic reaction to substances at work. It can affect anyone, but it is more common among people who have contact with chemicals at their place of employment.
Adult-onset asthma can occur at any time after childhood. The reasons for this are not clear, but it may be due to increased exposure to harmful substances like pollution or cigarettes, or reduced exposure to protective factors such as deep breathing exercises during childhood. Studies show that people who develop adult-onset asthma were usually not diagnosed with the condition as children. This suggests that doctors may miss identifying asthma in children if they do not ask specific questions or if the patient does not tell them about his or her symptoms.
Exercise-induced asthma in children can occasionally be overcome. In general, though, this is a disease that is managed rather than cured. That is, you take drugs to prevent it from becoming a problem. However, it will not go away altogether. As long as you have asthma, you will always be at risk for having an episode if you engage in strenuous activity.
People with asthma can lead full lives if they know what causes their attacks and take steps to prevent them.
Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Controlling your asthma means taking medications as prescribed and learning how to manage your environment so you do not expose yourself to triggers. Also important is knowing when to seek medical help. If you experience symptoms of an attack, call your doctor immediately even if you have been well controlled before. He or she can help you deal with any problems that may have caused your symptoms and ensure that you get the right treatment all along the way.
Everyone with asthma can lead a full life as long as they stay informed and take care of themselves. There are times when an attack may be unavoidable such as when you are playing sports or engaging in other activities where you would be exposed to elements that could cause your symptoms to return.
It is important to remember that people with asthma can lead full lives as long as they take proper precautions.