Outgrowing Asthma: Fact Or
Can you outgrow asthma? Many asthmatics and
parents of asthma sufferers have asked this question. There have been many
cases of individuals who were diagnosed with asthma as children and then saw
their symptoms decrease and even disappear entirely as they reached young
adulthood. But did these individuals actually outgrow the condition or is
there another answer for their seemingly miraculous recovery?
The simple answer is that, despite evidence to the contrary, it is not
possible to outgrow asthma. Asthma is a chronic, lifelong condition. Even if
symptoms seem to taper off, the underlying condition of the lungs that
caused them still exists and it can still lead to an attack at any time. But
that doesn’t mean that all asthma sufferers have to give up hope.
So how do you explain those individuals who used to suffer from regular
asthma attacks and then just stopped experiencing symptoms altogether? There
could be several possible explanations. The most likely is that they never
actually had asthma to begin with. Because the symptoms of asthma can be
closely related to those of other allergy related conditions, it could be
that what a doctor thought was asthma was really some other kind of allergy
that spontaneously improved as the immune system matured.
Even if the diagnosis of asthma is correct, it may still be possible for
symptoms to go into remission for extended periods of time under the proper
care. If you are vigilant about treating symptoms, use the right medication
and reduce your exposure to potential allergens, you can reduce the
incidence of asthma attacks. Can you outgrow asthma? Not really, but you can
knock it down to size.
Outgrowing the condition, or sending it into remission, is also dependent on
when you first experienced symptoms. Asthma can first appear in childhood or
in adulthood. Individuals with adult onset asthma are much less likely to
see their symptoms go into remission than those who had childhood asthma.
That’s because the body goes through physical changes between childhood and
adult life that can help to naturally reduce the likelihood of an attack.
As we get older, our immune systems become stronger and better capable of
fighting off allergens and illnesses. Our bodies also grow, and that can
lead to improvements in the weakness and inflammation of the lungs that
trigger asthma. As the lungs grow stronger, these conditions may in fact
lessen, allowing the lungs to function better.
Environmental changes can also help to improve your health. If you reduce
your regular exposure to allergens and follow a good overall health regimen,
you increase your chances of overcoming sensitivity to various triggers. So
can you outgrow asthma? Technically no, but you can help to improve your
health and if you’re lucky, your asthma symptoms may become a thing of the
An asthma diagnosis can be discouraging, but with the proper care and
treatment, you can live a full, rich life and you may even be able to reduce
the frequency of attacks or even see your symptoms go away completely.
Asthma will always be a part of your life, but you can take control back and
help yourself to live symptom free.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store