Sometimes, ignorance creates a huge gap in Asthma care.
Here are some common misconceptions about asthma
- Asthma is infectious.
According to World Health Organization, “The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are a combination of genetic predisposition with environmental exposure to inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways.” Asthma is not infectious.
- People with asthma should avoid exercise
Exercise is actually good for people with asthma as it helps strengthen the lungs. However, a medical professional should recommend suitable exercise and the duration as well as help the patients manage the disease.
- Everyone grows out of their childhood asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease and as such, can flare up at any time in the patient’s life. However, for some persons, asthma symptoms can reduce or disappear over time. Persons living with asthma should always be aware of the symptoms, have their asthma medications handy and be careful in case of reoccurrence.
- Asthma is a childhood disease
Asthma can affect anyone irrespective of their age – adults or children
- Asthma is not ‘sent’ by village people.
Inhaled substances and particles can trigger asthma allergy, not village juju.
- Asthma is a death sentence
With proper management and asthma medications, persons living with asthma can live long and happy lives.