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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why and how did my asthma disappear

Every day at we get lots of asthma related questions. Below are some questions I thought my readers at the RT Cave would enjoy.

Question: Why and How did my Asthma disappear? When I was young, I originally had asthma. But sometime around when I turned 4 or 5, it just simply disappeared. I'm 17 now, and I've been wondering why and how it 'disappeared' for a long time. Is it possible for asthma to completely go away, or is it still there and just not doing anything?

My humble answer: Brilliant question. Actually, it's very common for asthma to appear to disappear for days, weeks, months and even years. In the past it was believed that asthma was a childhood disease that went away when a person grew up. We now know this is not true.

While you may be having no asthma symptoms, your asthma is still there, hibernating if you will. Asthma can appear to disappear for days, weeks, months even years. Why this happens is a mystery.

There are some theories for this. One is that you are no longer exposed to your asthma triggers. Or, perhaps your lungs are larger and better able to handle your asthma triggers.

Chances are you still have some very mild degree of inflammation in your air passages, only this inflammation is not very sensitive to your asthma triggers anymore, and making it appear as though you no longer have asthma.

Be thankful that you are no longer having asthma symptoms and enjoy your life. Yet at the same time, don't forget what it was like to have asthma and always be aware that you do still have it. What I mean by this is stay asthma wise, continue to see your doctor at least once a year, and by gosh don't ever start smoking.

If you have any further questions email me, or Visit's Q&A section.


Anonymous said...

Rick, I just want to say how much I appreciate your blog. I have been reading it since before I applied to RT school & didn't understand most of what you were writing about, lol. Now I am about to graduate (May '10) & it has been such a great resource. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Kim

Rick Frea said...

I yours might just be the best acclaim I've ever had for my blog. Thanks.