If you have asthma, there is a good chance that you developed it as a child, as most cases present themselves during childhood or early adulthood. But did you know that some adults are at risk of developing asthma later on in life?
Just because you didn’t have asthma as a child doesn’t mean you will never develop it. We have seen people in their 50s and 60s be diagnosed!
If you are wondering if your recent symptoms could be related to adult-onset asthma, our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland can help you better understand that possibility below.
How Is Adult-Onset Asthma Possible?
Childhood and adult asthma are essentially the same diagnosis. Your airway becomes easily irritated, swollen and inflamed due to some sort of external hazard or exercise. It can cause coughing, trouble breathing, and in severe enough cases, it can be life-threatening.
However, if you develop asthma as an adult, a lot of the time it is because of some sort of continued exposure or the environment where you spend your time.
Reasons for Adult-Onset Asthma
- Continued exposure to hazards at work
- Pregnancy or menopause
- Persistent colds or flus (typically in those who suffer from allergies already)
Can I Reduce My Risk of Developing Adult-Onset Asthma?
The best thing you can do for yourself is to maintain a healthy lifestyle wherever you can! Eat good food, exercise often, and avoid smoking or chronic exposure to work hazards. Keep your home clean and tidy, and get fresh air as often as possible.
If you do wind up developing asthma later in life, you can still live your life! You just have to know your limits and your triggers and adapt how you approach your day to day tasks.
Tips For Management
- Get regular physicals and see your primary care provider often.
- Always carry a current prescription or inhaler.
- Give yourself grace and rest when you need to.
Your asthma shouldn’t define you! If you have questions about your diagnosis, come see us AFC Urgent Care Cleveland.