No, although the flare ups (exacerbations) look very similar to an asthma attack, children with viral induced wheeze are completely well between episodes, unlike children with asthma.
Wheeze and Asthma
What is Asthma?
- The muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower
- The lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell
- Sticky mucus or phlegm sometimes builds up, which can narrow the airways even more.
What is Viral Induced Wheeze?
Most children with viral induced wheeze will slowly improve year on year and often have grown out of their condition completely by the time they reach school age. A small number of children will go on to develop asthma in the future.
Even if the child or young person’s asthma is well controlled they should be reviewed annually by their General Practitioner (GP) or another Health Care Professional.
The annual asthma review enables the health care professionals to review/monitor and adjust treatment to ensure you are symptom free. Annual reviews can also help to prevent further asthma attacks.