It is also possible that these people are experiencing a significant reduction in symptoms. But even though they may no longer have attacks, the underlying inflammation is still there in their lungs4. And they may, at some point in the future, experience symptoms again. One study in Taiwan showed that Asians are likely to experience a second peak of asthma attacks or symptoms in their 30s5.
Can Asthma Go Into Remission?
According to one research review, asthma is in remission if 12 months have passed without any significant symptoms and without use of corticosteroids6.
Being in remission only means that you are enjoying a period where you have no asthma attacks and you are not reliant on asthma medication. It does not mean that you are cured.
How to Control Asthma
Not all asthmatics have the same medications or treatments. It is best to consult with your doctor about what treatment can have the best results for your condition.
In general, treatment for asthma falls into three buckets: avoiding triggers, taking preventive medication, and treating asthma attacks when they happen to help you breathe.
1. Avoid Triggers
Prevention is always best. To stop asthma attacks from happening, your best course of action is always to avoid anything that can trigger your asthma, whether it is airborne allergens or pollution. Many attacks occur during or after viral infections, so you should also avoid infectious diseases like the cold or flu. Consult your doctor to get a better idea of what your triggers are.
2. Take Preventive Medicines
Your doctor may prescribe you medicine that will help to prevent attacks. These are usually steroids that come in an inhaler7. If you have an asthma attack though, preventive medicines will not help you.