Myth 1: You’ll outgrow your asthma.
Fact: Asthma is a lifelong disease. A child’s asthma may seem to go away or become less serious over time, but it won’t disappear.
Myth 2: Asthmatics wheeze when they have an asthma attack.
Fact: People with asthma may feel breathlessness, a tight chest and may even cough.
Myth 3: Moving to a drier climate will fix your asthma.
Fact: Asthma is not linked to climate. Fortunately asthma can be managed which means you can control (and prevent) the symptoms.
Myth 4: Asthma symptoms are the same for everyone.
Fact: Asthma affects people differently – you may experience wheezing, coughing or fatigue, while someone else may have a tight chest and dizziness.
Myth 5: You can’t die from asthma.
Fact: It’s rare but about two-thirds of asthma-related deaths are preventable by simply taking asthma medication regularly and correctly.
Myth 6: It’s all in your head.
Fact: Asthma affects your lungs and immune system, causing it to go into overdrive when something triggers it.
Myth 7: Asthma medications stop working over time.
Fact: Your medication will remain effective as long as it’s used regularly and as your doctor prescribes it.
Myth 8: Asthma can be cured.
Fact: Asthma can’t be cured but with proper diagnosis, treatment and education, it can be managed.