Millions of people suffer from the condition “asthma”, but despite its prevalence, several myths and misconceptions surround asthma. This article will shed light on some of the myths and facts on asthma, to help manage the condition better.
Common Misconceptions About Asthma
- Asthma is curable
- Asthma can be outgrown
- Asthmatic patients shouldn’t exercise
What Is Asthma ?
Asthma is a condition in which the airways become smaller, swells and may produce extra mucus.
This can make breathing difficult causing coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out, and shortness of breath.
Common Asthma Triggers:
- Extreme weather
- Strong perfumes
- Strong emotions
- Pollen dust etc
Let’s Talk About the Common Asthmatic Misconceptions
1. Asthma Is NOT Curable.
There is NO CURE for Asthma but it can be “Treated”.
Treated here means, it can be managed such that the person barely has symptoms and this is mainly by using his/her inhaler and avoiding the common triggers of Asthma listed above.
These triggers can cause the airways to narrow, causing increased production of mucus leading to the signs of asthma (coughing, difficulty breathing)
2. Asthma Is NOT Outgrown.
Kids may become asymptomatic i.e stop showing the signs of asthma, it does not mean they have outgrown it.
If they’re exposed to triggers of asthma, it can bring back the symptoms.
If you think it’s a lie, you can always go to do a chest x-ray.
3. Asthmatic Patients CAN Exercise.
Asthmatic patients are advised to engage in physical exercise but should always have their inhalers handy.
Exercise helps in increasing the lung capacity and reducing inflammation and this is good for the health of the lungs.
Asthma Is NOT A Curse.
Asthma is like any other disease out there that can be medically managed.