All About Asthma: Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions
Chances are, you know someone with asthma.
This respiratory disease affects 25 million people in the United States each year, or one in 12. According to the CDC, these numbers continue to grow, sparking conversation across the nation. But with conversation comes miscommunication, and misconceptions about a serious disease are always dangerous.
While asthma is extremely prevalent, it is one of the most misunderstood conditions in America. The more people who take the time to be aware of the misconceptions (and know the facts), the better off our communities will be.
In today’s post, we’re debunking common myths about asthma and letting you know how you can help bridge the gap.
Asthma is a children’s disease.
The truth is, asthma is a lifelong condition that is never simply outgrown. As children age, their airways expand which can alleviate or completely eliminate some symptoms. However, it is important to remember that the asthma is still there. Symptoms may return, whether randomly or triggered by an illness or allergen.
People with asthma need to “take it easy.”
Parents often want their asthmatic child to skip out on sports or exercise, but this couldn’t be more harmful. They need to be active as much as anyone else! Anyone with asthma should create a plan with their doctor to control their condition and have the right medication on hand before, during, and after physical activity.
Asthma attacks are mental.
There is an outdated and dangerous belief that asthma is psychological, and that attacks are triggered by emotions rather than physical factors. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Research proves that asthma is totally related to issues of the lungs and immune system, and that it is triggered by environmental factors.
The less medicine, the better.
There are countless misconceptions around the medications used to control asthma, which is commonly treated with inhaled steroids. Some people believe that long-term use is harmful or may lead to an unhealthy immunity. It is important to know that these medications are developed specifically to treat persistent asthma. They are different from other types of steroids and do not affect a child’s growth.
We know everything there is to know.
For health care providers and patients alike, the most dangerous myth is that we’ve got it all figured out. While great strides have been made in treating and controlling asthma, research and education is ongoing. Through clinical trials and other initiatives, we can better understand this growing disease to ensure those affected lead full and healthy lives.
Is asthma a part of your life?
If you or someone you know is often coughing, wheezing, experiencing chest tightness or difficulty breathing, LeBauer doctors can help. Untreated asthma can have serious repercussions, and a lack of knowledge is always harmful. Our compassionate providers will educate you on this common condition and help you take steps to minimize symptoms.