5 common asthma myths – including avoiding exercise and addictive inhalers

Asthma is a common lung condition that affects people of all ages. Here are some of the most common myths people have about the medical condition

Asthma is easily treatable, but it’s also a serious health condition that shouldn’t be ignored.

Millions of people around the world suffer from asthma, a chronic lung disease.

When exposed to triggers such as dust, smoke, mold, asthmatics will find it difficult to breathe due to inflammation and narrowing of their airways.

Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness – the condition can be fatal for some people.

However, despite being a common medical condition, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding asthma.

On this World Asthma Day, May 3, we’re looking at the five most common myths surrounding asthma, according to respiratory physician Dr Enson Thomas.

Asthmatics should not exercise

Asthma is easy to treat and control with the right treatments which are also widely available.



There is a common misconception that people with asthma should restrict physically strenuous daily activities, avoid exercise altogether, or be unable to exercise.

However, Dr. Enson Thomas explains that this is not true as asthma symptoms can be well controlled with correct treatment which is also widely available.

This means they can live completely normal lives with no restrictions on activities like sports or exercise.

Asthma is a childhood disease

Many believe that adults do not suffer from asthma. However, asthma is a disease that can develop at any age.

Although it often develops at a young age, the disease can develop at any age, including people between the ages of 70 and 80.

No wheezing means no asthma

A common belief about asthma is that wheezing is the only indication of the disease. However, Dr. Thomas explains that there are several types of asthma.

In a number of cases, asthma patients have a persistent cough rather than wheezing or shortness of breath. A cough can be just as debilitating as a wheeze and can significantly affect quality of life – fortunately Dr Thomas assures that it can be easily treated.

Asthma medications become less effective

People believe that asthma medications tend to be addictive, which makes the medication less effective over time.

This is false because many asthmatics can control their condition with their medications without forming a habit or drug addiction.

We must also bear in mind that the severity of asthma can increase and decrease over time, so the dose of medication should also be adjusted accordingly, although the goal is to keep the condition well controlled with the lowest dose of medication possible.

Asthma is not a serious disease

Asthma is a long-term disease that can affect children, teenagers and adults.


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Asthma may be one of the most common lung conditions, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious condition. If not treated or controlled properly, it can even prove fatal.

More than 1,000 patients die of asthma each year and death rates are steadily rising, increasing by more than 30% over the past decade.

Although the disease is serious, asthma can be treated easily and deaths are also very preventable.

If you think you or your child has asthma you should see a GP. They will be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and performing a few simple tests.

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