Is asthma more dangerous for adults?

Allergy & Immunology

22 Apr 2020 | 0 | by kjh

12400login-checkIs asthma more dangerous for adults?

Yes, asthma is more dangerous for adults:  the death rate for adult-onset asthma is substantially higher than the death rate for childhood asthma.  It might be that adults either ignore asthma symptoms or attribute them to being overweight, being out of shape, or getting older.

Asthma symptoms can also mimic those of other illnesses, including:

  • Hiatal hernia
  • Stomach disorders
  • Heart failure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Unfortunately, any delays in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma can permanently impair lung function.  It is important to see your doctor right away if you have any symptoms.

Common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
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