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Can a Patient Recover from Asthma?



Can a patient recover completly from asthma or is this disease chronic for a long time?


Asthma is generally considered life-long.  Asthma symptoms fluctuate, so there may be periods of time you feel good and have few or no breathing symptoms but this does not mean you are "cured".  Instead, it indicates asthma is controlled.  Asthma can be intermittent or persistent.  Those with intermittent asthma develop asthma symptoms during certain situations such as infections or exposure to things they are allergic to.  People with symptoms more than twice a week during the day or twice a month at night are considered uncontrolled and need to see their providers for treatment. 

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Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University