According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, an average of 1 out of every 12 school-aged children has asthma. This means there are currently millions of families across the country living with asthma and its effects. At AireHealth, we're all about patient empowerment, and we truly believe that education and proactive healthcare can drastically improve the lives of families living with respiratory illness.
In our mission to increase awareness and the importance of well-managed asthma, we're going to debunk three common asthma myths!
YOU CAN STOP TAKING YOUR ASTHMA MEDICATIONS IF YOU FEEL GOOD
This is the most dangerous myth that is perpetuated about asthma. If your treatment plan is effective and your asthma is well-managed, you should feel good. This is a sign that your controller medications are working as they should be. Stopping your medicine could cause your asthma to become uncontrolled and challenging to manage. Do not, under any circumstances, stop taking your asthma medication without the direction of your doctor.
THE STEROIDS IN ASTHMA MEDICATION ARE DANGEROUS
This is not true. The steroids used in the treatment of asthma are not the same as anabolic steroids. They are also inhaled, meaning that they act locally in the lungs, and not distributed throughout the body. Asthma medication is also not addictive, nor will it lose its efficacy if you use it everyday. Asthma is a chronic condition that requires patients to take their medication regularly to keep it under control.
EXERCISING ISN'T SAFE IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA
This is one of the biggest myths told about asthma. We guess professional (and asthmatic) soccer player David Beckham didn't get the memo? Exercise is vitally important in keeping your lungs healthy and strong. It also improves your cardiovascular and immune system. People with asthma can enjoy exercise like anyone else — they just need to make sure their asthma is well managed and they stick to their treatment plan. If you have exercise-induced asthma be sure to take your maintenance medication before physical activity and always keep a reliever medication handy just in case.
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