Asthma is a chronic, treatable condition that develops in childhood. It's no longer considered a disease that children "outgrow;" however, symptoms may improve during adolescence and adulthood. When asthma is diagnosed for the first time in an adult, it's likely the condition was present, but mild and undetected, earlier.
Diagnosing childhood asthma may require an allergist/immunologist or pulmonologist.
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