Health Tip: 'Outgrowing' Asthma

It can go away on its own, but there's no guarantee

(HealthDay News) -- Asthma is a chronic condition that can constrict the tubes carrying air in and out of your lungs.

The vast majority of asthma cases occur in childhood. Some children are diagnosed with it after having many coughs and colds in a relatively short period.

According to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, some children may outgrow asthma, but there is no way to predict who will and who won't. However, there are some indicators. Children with allergies, or a family history of asthma, are more likely to continue having asthma as they get older.

Some asthma is brought on by infection, while other causes include some types of exercise and allergens. Many children who have wheezing as a baby don't have asthma as they get older.

But other children continue to have asthma throughout their childhood.

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