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Can you develop asthma later in life?

  1. If you have asthma genes, you can develop asthma at any time in your life. Adult-onset asthma tends to be more severe than childhood-onset asthma, so it’s very important to see a doctor, get a proper diagnosis, and follow any asthma management plan set forth by your asthma doctor.

    1. Although asthma is sometimes thought of as a childhood disease that sometimes progresses into adulthood, there is a type of asthma that develops in adulthood. This is commonly referred to as 'adult-onset asthma' and is well known and documented. What is most interesting is that adult-onset asthmatics often times had asthma as children. This information usually becomes apparent during a thorough history between patient and physician. This very informative article from our website provides much more information on this type of asthma: https://asthma.net/types/adult-onset/

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