Can Kids Outgrow Asthma?

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 01:21 AM

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What is an Asthma Attack?
 
An asthma attack occurs due to the response of the immune system on environmental triggers, viral infections, or pollen. It tightens the muscles around bronchial tubes and causes the lining of the bronchial tube to swell and fill with mucus. Children suffering an asthma attack find it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of an asthma attack include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and tightness in the chest. These symptoms may worsen during the morning or at night. Exercise may also cause the symptoms to worsen. Exercise can induce or trigger symptoms of an attack. Medication or treatment can prevent an attack before exercise.  
 
Research Findings
 
New research studies have shown that 1 in 5 children may outgrow asthma as they get older. According to The New York Times, researchers in a northern Sweden study program found that 21 percent of 248 asthma children, ages 7 to 8, experienced no more wheezing and did not need inhalers by the age of 19. This finding was also reported in the journal Pediatrics.
 
A study also shows that teenage girls are less likely to be asthma free than boys. Though the exact reason behind this is not clear, hormonal factors during adolescence are considered a possible reason. The study shows that remission of asthma is less common among kids who suffer from severe asthma but a number of kids have also become asthma free.
 
What Do the Doctors Believe?
 
Doctors suggest that symptoms of asthma may return. Hence, asthma can be considered to be under remission among some children but is not considered to be cured. Long-term studies suggest that children who seemed to outgrow an asthma attack had a recurrence of symptoms even in their adulthood. Even if the symptoms of an attack do not appear in the kids for a long time, safety measures should always be taken and inhalers kept by the children at all times.
 
Possibility of Kids Outgrowing Asthma
 
Remission of an asthma attack has been found to be lower in kids allergic to dogs, cats, or other furry animals. Kids affected by an attack due to any infection have been found to outgrow it before the age of 6 and do not show symptoms afterwards. Other kids from a family of allergics who suffer an attack may also not show symptoms of any attack at puberty or later in life. No fail-safe tests are available to determine whether kids may show symptoms later in life. Early diagnosis in the kids is essential as the disease may worsen for kids if proper care is not taken. 

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