Asthma Myths: Fact or Fiction

Nearly 34.1 million people in the US have previously been diagnosed as having asthma in the course of their lifetime. The amount of people suffering from asthma will rise by more than one-hundred million poeple by 2025. There is no cure for asthma and many doctors believe that there exists a variety of problems and elements that could actually lead to a person developing asthma. For some who is recently diagnosed with asthma, it can all be a little overwhelming. There are certain changes that will need to be made in your lifestyle. There are also many different myths involving asthma that should be dispelled for those afflicted with the illness seeking help.

Asthma is a psychological condition.

It was once thought that emotional issues of a person brought on asthma symptoms. This myth is false. Asthma is caused by complications with a persons lungs and the immune system’s response to asthma irritants that are breathed into the lungs from an individuals surroundings.

Cold air can trigger asthma symptoms.

It is true that cold, dry air can lead to further inflammation in the airways of hypersensitive lungs. These conditions should be avoided if at all possible.

All asthma is the same in every person.

No, all asthma is not the same. People who suffer from asthma can have many different triggers and symptoms. Some asthmatics experience worse symptoms due to allergies or environmental conditions of the home and work place.

Asthma medication is addictive.

False. Asthma is a chronic, long-term ailment for which there is currently no cure, so those who suffer from asthma will always be required to take medication, but this doesn’t mean they have an addiction to their asthma medicine.

Asthma medicine will lose its effectiveness over time.

Not true. Some asthma medications will only work when taken on a daily basis, while others work when you take them as needed to soothe symptoms.

When I feel fine and experience no symptoms it is because I no longer have asthma.

This is a false belief of many asthmatics. Asthmatics still have the asthma condition even when they feel fine and have no symptoms.

I no longer need to continue taking asthma medicine when I don’t have any issues with breathing or other symptoms.

This is neither true or false. You should only stop taking asthma medication when your doctors tells you to do so. However, If you have asthma, you should not stop taking long term control medication when you feel well. You feel well and don’t have symptoms or problems breathing because the medicine is doing its job effectively. On the other hand, you should not take quick relief medicine when you feel well. It should only be used as needed when you have symptoms, problems breathing or as pretreatment before exercise.

Kids with asthma should not be allowed to play sports or participate in other physical activities.

False, it is important for children to be healthy and active. Inactivity may lead to obesity which could further irrate asthma as well as have a negative impact on overall health of the child. Children with asthma should still get exercise, but may need to take medication before they participate in these activities. However, children with asthma that isn’t under full control may not be able to do as much playing or exercise without feeling tired or experiencing symptoms.

The steroids taken in the process of treating asthma are the same steroids used to build muscle mass.

False. The inhaled steroids used in the treatment of asthma are not the same as anabolic steroids, which are used for building muscles.

The best to to administer asthma medication to small children and infants is by using a nebulizer.

False. Medicine given by a metered dose inhaler with spacer device and face mask is just as effective.

Kids will eventually outgrow their asthma.

Asthma is a chronic, long-term condition of the respiratory system that we have yet to develop a cure for. Symptoms may lessen as a child grows into adulthood, but the condition will still be present.



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