Weather is fluctuating nowadays and this condition is very bad for Asthma patients. So, it is the perfect time to bust some asthma myths that have been around for many years. Below are the top five myths along with the facts you need to know.
Myth 1. You can treat your asthma but the truth is different.
There is no cure for asthma. But, there are ways to control asthma. Your doctor can work with you to identify the things that trigger your asthma and then build a plan to manage those triggers.
Myth 2. If you have asthma, you should not exercise.
Many elite athletes are performing with asthma. They were all able to compete at an Olympic level because their asthma was controlled. Exercises make your heart and lungs stronger and improve your immune system. Swimming, walking, hiking and biking work well for people with asthma.
Myth 3. Steroids used for asthma are the same ones athletes use.
Steroids used for asthma are not the same as anabolic steroids used to build muscles. These are anti-inflammatory drugs, not hormones.
Myth 4. Asthma medications are habit-forming, dangerous
None of the asthma medications used worldwide are habit-forming or addicting. There may be some concerns with long-term use in children, as these medications can affect child growth, but, available data do not suggest an effect on adult height.
Myth 5. You can stop taking your medications if you feel good
It is possible that you are feeling well because your medication is working. You should not use quick-relief medications if your asthma is under control. Those should only be used in urgent situations.