Many conditions may resemble asthma, making it difficult for doctors to be sure of a diagnosis of asthma. This may be especially true when evaluating whether a child has asthma or some other condition that causes similar symptoms.
In adults, other conditions that may cause symptoms similar to asthma include:
In children, other conditions that may cause symptoms similar to asthma include:
Some people who have been diagnosed with asthma continue to have uncontrolled symptoms even with appropriate treatment. The continuation of symptoms may be caused by a person not following the asthma plan, not taking medicines as prescribed, or having another cause of his or her symptoms.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||February 13, 2011|