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At what age does asthma start?

Asthma can start at any age; in fact, asthma can even be noted in infants. The majority of patients with asthma will develop symptoms before the age of 5. It is difficult to diagnose asthma in young children, however, especially if they are too young to follow the instructions needed for certain diagnostic tests. Sometimes the symptoms of asthma in young children will be described by other names, such as reactive airway disease, because it is difficult to predict the chance that the symptoms will develop into chronic asthma.

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