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What is the difference between Asthma and Reactive Airway Disease?

                                                        Keren Chansky Suberri, Ph.D., ABPP
According to Pediatric Pulmonologists at the Mayo Clinic, “asthma” and “reactive airway disease” are often used interchangeably. 

Sometimes physicians use the term “reactive airway disease” when they have a strong hunch that a child has asthma,
but have not completed the testing to confirm it. 

For example, in infants and very young children it is difficult to perform the necessary testing to confirm a diagnosis of asthma. 

The accuracy of a diagnosis of asthma improves in children once they are about five or six years old.