Is Adult-Onset Asthma A Lifelong Disease?

After a long bout with the flu and a bronchial infection, I was diagnosed with adult asthma. I have no history of asthma. I had only a short attack, but it was extremely unpleasant. Will this continue to recur only with infections, or is it a lifelong thing?

It is not unusual for patients to have their first experience with asthma following a viral infection. Some will have persistent symptoms, and some will only have symptoms with repeat infection.

I would suggest that you first see a respiratory specialist to make certain that your lungs are totally free of asthma. This usually requires a breathing test.

This physician can halt any residual problems and help you plan an approach for any future respiratory infections. He will also probably recommend yearly flu immunization and a pneumonia prevention injection. Good luck.

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