7 Myths of Asthma
Posted October 9, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read
Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath.
Myth: Asthma is present only when you face trouble in breathing.
Asthma is a disease that is difficult to identify.
Even without visible symptoms, there is a chance of underlying inflammation in the airways of people with asthma.
Asthma exists even when symptoms are not visible.
Asthma needs to be controlled by regularly consuming controller medicines and avoiding asthma triggers.
Myth: Steroids used in asthma are dangerous and these steroids will stunt growth.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are the preferred treatment for persistent asthma.
When used at recommended doses for most patients, the benefits of ICS outweigh the risks. These steroids are not similar to the anabolic steroids used by athletes build muscle.
Inhaled corticosteroids do not hinder a child’s growth.
Studies have shown that children using inhaled corticosteroids reach normal adult height, although it may cause some delays in their growth early on.
A child suffering from asthma symptoms regularly may experience stunted growth.
This is due to the fact that a sick child will not grow at the same rate as a good child.
Myth: Inhalers are addictive, unsafe and cause many side-effects.
Inhaled corticosteroid therapy is highly effective in reducing inflammation of airways, improving pulmonary functions, easing asthma symptoms and reducing asthma exacerbations.
Its regular use has been associated with substantial reduction in the rates of hospital admissions and rate of deaths from asthma.
Unfortunately, in India, almost 80% of asthma patients consume oral medications due to the stigma associated with inhalers.
Oral medications lead to more side effects and are required in large dosage in comparison to inhalers, which are more effective.
Myth: Asthmatic children should not play sports or be active.
Sports and other forms of activity are just as important for someone with asthma as they are for someone without asthma.
It is important to control a child’s asthma and make sure they follow the guidelines set by their doctor to take controller medications, as well as ensure that they take medications before the sports activity.
They should be aware of an action plan to help prevent asthma attacks.
Myth: Asthma only affects kids, and then they grow out of it.
Asthma often begins during childhood, but it affects people of all ages.
Many people think that kids grow out of asthma, but this isn’t exactly true.
Many people who have asthma as children get better as they get older, but the symptoms may worsen again in adulthood.
Myth: Your child only needs to take asthma medicine during an asthma attack.
There are medications called quick-relief, or
rescue, medicines that only need to be taken during an asthma attack.
However, if your child’s doctor prescribes a controller medication, be sure your child takes it as directed.
Controller medicines help reduce inflammation in the airway to keep an asthma attack from happening in the first place.
Most controller medicines work best if your child takes them every day, even on days he or she isn’t having symptoms.
Myth: You can treat asthma with dietary supplements.
There’s little to no evidence that any dietary or herbal supplements have any effect on asthma symptoms.
However, your doctor may recommend them for your overall health.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including vitamins and herbal supplements.