Can Kids Grow Out of Asthma?

Can Kids Grow Out of Asthma?

Asthma is a common respiratory condition that can affect people of all ages, including children. In fact, asthma 一 the most common chronic disease that affects children 一 often develops before age 5. Many parents wonder if their children can "grow out of" asthma, and the answer is both complex and encouraging.

Read on as Drs. Ines Munoz De Laborde and Svetlana Burkhead discuss the factors that influence the development and potential resolution of childhood asthma 一 and how we can help here at Physicians Medical Urgent Care in San Jose, California.

What is childhood asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of your airways. When your airways are inflamed and narrowed, it causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Childhood asthma refers to asthma that begins in childhood. While it’s relatively common, its symptoms can vary in severity. 

Several factors contribute to the development and persistence of childhood asthma. These include:

Although the thought of asthma in your child can be scary, keep in mind that mortality rates related to asthma complications are much less common in childhood asthma (when compared to adult asthma).

Can kids grow out of asthma?

The term "growing out of" asthma is often used to describe a phenomenon where some children experience a decrease in asthma symptoms as they get older. While it's true that some children may experience a reduction in symptoms, asthma is a chronic condition, and the course of the disease varies from person to person. According to a study published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, childhood asthma is more likely to go into remission, while adult asthma is less likely to go into remission.

Several factors influence the potential resolution or improvement of asthma symptoms in children:

Age

Some children with asthma experience a decrease in symptoms as they grow older. The airways in the lungs mature, and the immune system becomes more robust, which can lead to an improvement in asthma symptoms.

Avoiding triggers and managing allergies

Avoiding asthma triggers, such as allergens or irritants, can reduce symptom severity and frequency. Identifying and minimizing exposure to these triggers is a key factor in symptom management.

When allergies are well-managed, asthma symptoms may decrease, and that can make it seem like your child has grown out of asthma. Keep in mind, though, that if allergies flare up, asthma can too.

Medication management 

Proper management and treatment of asthma can significantly improve your child's quality of life. Medications, including inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators, are effective in controlling symptoms.

Ongoing monitoring 

Regular monitoring of a child's asthma here at Physicians Medical Urgent Care is an important part of managing asthma. Our team makes sure your child’s asthma treatment plan is still efficient and can adjust medications as needed.

Asthma treatment for children in San Jose, California 

The Physicians Medical Urgent Care team 一 who now offers primary care services 一 can help diagnose and manage chronic conditions like asthma. Drs.Ines Munoz De Laborde and Svetlana Burkhead partner with you to create personalized asthma management plans for your child that includes medication, monitoring, and at-home strategies for reducing exposure to triggers and allergens. 

To make an asthma appointment, click here or give us a call at 408-207-4637. Don’t forget: you can still visit our walk-in clinic in the event of asthma issues that require urgent care. 

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