7 Asthma Myths Debunked

There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to have asthma. But, we’ve got the 411 to set the record straight. Here are seven asthma myths debunked.

People with asthma can’t play sports.

With proper training and medication, they can play any sport they choose.

Asthma isn’t that serious and deaths from asthma are rare.

Because asthma can change from mild to severe, it can be life threatening and should always be taken seriously. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 250,000 deaths worldwide from asthma.

Asthma can be cured.

Even though effective treatments are available, there are currently no cures for asthma.

You can outgrow it.

The condition can become inactive for about 50 percent of children with asthma when they become teens. However, symptoms can reoccur at anytime when they’re adults.

You can get addicted to asthma medication.

People with asthma often take the same mediations for years, but not because they’re addicted to it. Asthma is a long-term condition that requires medicine to manage the symptoms.

Some people are more likely to get asthma than others.

Asthma can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or background. A child has a greater chance of having asthma if one or both parents have it. However, many children develop asthma even though there is no family history of the disease.

Moving to a different location such as the desert can cure asthma.

A new environment may temporarily improve asthma symptoms, but it won’t cure it. After a few years in the new location, asthma symptoms return with the same or greater intensity than before.

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