Asthma is nothing to play with, at any age! Unfortunately, it’s not something you’re always born with or that develops when you’re young – adult-onset asthma is a real thing!
According to the Allergy and Asthma Association, approximately 10 people die from asthma each year, and in 2019, 3,524 died from asthma. Asthmatics are often prescribed inhalers to either control their asthma daily or have ones like mine, designed for when they are having trouble breathing and/or feel an impending attack.
I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, and my adult symptoms are fatigue, sleep disturbances, frequent sighing and deep inhaling. I find it very difficult to breathe when it’s very warm/humid outside and extremely cold. I have an inhaler that I only use when I am having a flare-up or I am recovering from an attack.
There is not a definitive answer as to what causes adult-onset asthma. Sometimes people have it their whole lives, only for it to really flare up in adulthood. It could also be a matter of encountering new chemicals and allergens that you weren’t exposed to previously and your body just not being used to it. Needless to say, there’s a variety of reasons!