The Differences Between Asthma in Children and Adults


Jennifer Larson

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Asthma is a chronic condition that affects more than 25 million adults and children in the United States. Asthma obstructs or constricts the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that bring air in and out of the lungs, making it hard to breathe. Cases can be mild, severe, or anywhere in between.

Asthma can develop in childhood and persist into adulthood, or it can develop during adulthood—a condition called adult-onset asthma. It’s actually the same disease—but it can behave a little differently and warrant different management strategies depending on your age.

One key part of managing asthma is recognizing your triggers and avoiding them if possible. Real asthma patients and specialists discuss what brings their symptoms on and how they cope.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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