Will Your Child Outgrow Asthma?
Study: Only 1 in 20 Kids Fully 'Outgrow' Asthma as Teens
March 22, 2005 - Some kids can "outgrow" asthma, but most don't, a
new study shows.
For nine years, Ronina Covar, MD, of National Jewish Medical and Research
Center, Denver, and colleagues followed 900 children with mild to moderate
Only 6% of the kids fully "outgrew" their asthma. This means they
had no asthma symptoms for at least one full year.
On the bright side, an additional 39% of the kids had improvement in their
asthma. These kids only sometimes had asthma symptoms.
Covar presented the findings in a report at this week's annual meeting of
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology in San Antonio.
Which Kids Outgrow Asthma?
Is it possible to predict which kids will outgrow asthma? Not exactly. But
Covar and colleagues found that some kids were more likely to have full
- Kids are more likely to outgrow asthma if their blood tests show fewer and
fewer allergy markers as they get older. Some kids have asthma that is trigged
- Kids are more likely to outgrow asthma if they have less sensitive lungs.
People with asthma have airways that overreact to irritants that only mildly
affect other people.
- Kids are more likely to outgrow asthma if they have good lung function on
- Kids are more likely to outgrow asthma if they do not improve with inhaled
steroids. Since inhaled steroids reduce inflammation and airway sensitivity to
allergy triggers, this is a sign that the kids' asthma may not have been caused
- Kids are more likely to outgrow asthma if they have less need for daily
asthma medicines to lessen the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
If kids need daily asthma medicines, it's important for them to take them.
But long-term use of asthma drugs has no effect on outgrowing asthma. Even
using inhaled steroids has no effect on the outgrowing of asthma by kids.