Asthma is a kind of disease that can start off as a harmless cough but then with the blink of an eye, it can turn into a lifelong problem. Asthma remission is more commonly found in patients who developed asthma in their childhood. It is possible that these patients go into remission in their late teenage years.
Alyssa Flanagan was a patient who suffered from asthma, but at the age of 14, her symptoms began to disappear. She developed the problem at the age of 4, which started as a cough but then turned into emergency room visits. As she grew, her symptoms disappeared and before she knew it her asthma had gone forever.
Kids become asymptomatic but the chronic problems in their lungs never go away according to Derek K. Johnson. Asthma symptoms disappear in some kids and in some they remain for a lifetime due to different reasons. As a child grows, so do their lungs; thus, inflammation of the airways could go unnoticed.
According to Rachelfesky, children who are sensitive to allergens since childhood tend to improve. His statement was backed by his research based on a 9-year study of more than 1000 asthmatic children. The study showed that these children had fewer allergy-related antibodies present in their body that eventually became free of asthma.
Many times children who have symptoms such as coughing and wheezing are thought to have asthma and may have these symptoms with them for a lifetime. However, for most of these children, the symptoms vanish after some time. A person may be near the stage of remission when the symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath disappear for a long period of time.
Similarly, if the person can take up physically tiring activities without the need of medication or having flares, they could be near remission. Also, if people with asthma are exposed to the common cold virus or allergic triggers without the need of medication and if they generally don’t need much medication to treat them they would be near the stage of remission.
However, even if a person reaches remission there is a great possibility that the symptoms will return. Sometimes they begin to develop again during early adulthood and they can be developed due to triggers that did not exist before. Smoking, an increase in weight and other factors can cause the symptoms to develop again.
It is important for people in remission to remember that their asthma can return. They should never forget that they still have asthma. The reason for this is simple; if a person forgets that they have asthma they will stop taking care of themselves as they should and then the symptoms will begin to develop again.
So for those who have asthma and are in remission should be smart and careful in the way they carry out their daily activities during the stage of remission. As good quality care can lead to completely disappearing of asthma, most of the time.