29 Apr 2018

Myths & Facts about Asthma

Myth– People Can Outgrow Asthma.

Fact- Asthma is a chronic, treatable condition that develops in childhood. It’s no longer considered a disease that children “outgrow;” however, symptoms may improve during adolescence and adulthood. 

Myth- Asthma Is Easy to Control.

Fact- This often depends on how well you follow your asthma treatment plan – the condition can be difficult to manage. Goals of treatment include preventing chronic symptoms and asthma flares, maintaining normal lung function and activity levels, and avoiding serious or long-term medication side effects.

Myth- Allergies have nothing to do with Asthma.

Fact- Inflamed airways in people who have asthma are more sensitive to allergens and allergens are common asthma triggers. Common allergens include cats, pollen, mold and dust mites.

Myth- People With Asthma Shouldn’t Exercise.

Fact- In most cases, nothing could be further from the truth. Regular exercise can improve lung function and help you maintain a healthy weight – reducing your asthma risk or, if you already have the disease, helping you breathe easier.

Myth- Asthma Medicine Is Only Needed to Stop an Attack.

Fact- That depends. There are four categories of asthma: intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent and severe persistent. People who have mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma need a daily long-term controller medicine, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to control inflammation and minimize asthma attacks.

Learn more about Asthma here https://www.centreforsleep.org/what-is-asthma/

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