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Can children “outgrow” their asthma?

Once a person’s airways become sensitive due to asthma, they remain that way for life. However, about 50% of children experience a noticeable decrease in asthma symptoms by the time they become adolescents, therefore appearing to have “outgrown” their asthma. About half of these children will develop symptoms again in their 30’s or 40’s. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict whose symptoms will decrease during adolescence and whose will return later in life.

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