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The Most Common Misconceptions About Asthma

Knowing and Understanding the Common Asthma Myths

We all know that asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease characterized by symptoms of bronchospasm and airway obstruction.  The most common symptoms felt by individuals with asthma include intermittent wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.  In the past, asthma is known to have been caused by possession of evil spirits and other myths; thanks to science we now have a clear consensus about asthma. But even if such basic information about asthma has been well-established by the clinical community, some people still have misconceptions about the disease.

Inhalers are the most common medications given to patients to control and manage asthma attacks.

Inhalers are the most common medications given to patients to control and manage asthma attacks.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about asthma:

  1. Asthma will go away after it has been treated – This is not true. Asthma is a chronic condition that needs to be managed and controlled to be able to get rid of the symptoms. So even if you don’t exhibit asthma symptoms, it doesn’t mean that your asthma has already been gone.
  2. Asthma medicine loses its effectiveness when used for a long time – There are different medicines for different asthma conditions. Some medicines should be used regularly to achieve the desired effect, while some should be taken as needed only. It is therefore important to know how the medications work. Asking the healthcare provider about how these drugs work is very necessary for you to know how it should be used.
  3. People with asthma should avoid taking exercise – Exercise is not totally prohibited in patients with asthma, as long as their symptoms are properly controlled and maintained. Asthmatics who are taking medications properly should also take proper exercise to stay fit and healthy. If asthma, however, is not controlled, they should seek medical assistance immediately so that they can live well and participate in exercise and other physical activities.
  4. Medications should be stopped whenever the patient is symptom-free – Medications for asthma should be taken regularly, even if the patient is not exhibiting symptoms anymore. The only time that they are going to stop taking medications is when their healthcare provider tells them to do so. But if you are just going to stop medications, because you feel symptom-free even without the advice of your physician, then this is not a good thing to do.

It is important to separate the facts from myths in order to treat the symptoms of asthma properly and possibly prevent the causes from triggering the disease. To know more about how to prevent asthma, it is necessary to seek assistance and additional teaching from trained professionals in your area.

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Sources:

HealthCentral. “Asthma.” Retrieved online on May 29, 2014 from http://www.healthcentral.com/asthma/c/52325/164385/11-asthma-myths-debunked/ The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Common Myths About Asthma.” Retrieved online on May 29, 2014 from http://www.chop.edu/service/asthma-program/asthma-myths-and-facts.html

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