We’ve all heard of asthma, it is that disease a lot of our friends had while we were in elementary school. Asthma caused severe coughing and wheezing and further prevented them from enjoying recess.
However, as we grow, asthma cases seem to become less frequent, but information about asthma seems to be more readily available. Here are the three biggest myths surrounding asthma:
Myth: You Can’t Play Sports if You Have Asthma
While asthma may flare up during strenuous physical activities, such as playing sports, asthma should not prevent you from engaging in these activities. However, proper preparation is your answer. Those who suffer from asthma should instead ensure that they have a proper warm-up, and start slowly. Asthma sufferers should never just jump into activities that may put their health at risk. Additionally, those with asthma should take more time to properly prepare for certain sports, such as running; and rather than forcing their body to run faster and further, they should instead make sure that they are building up their stamina and speed carefully.
Myth: Asthma Medication Stops Working Over Time
Asthma medication does not stop working over time, rather, the physiological needs of asthma sufferers may change depending on age, environment, and lifestyle habits. Instead, it is important to follow the proper dosage given by your doctor, and ensure that regular checkups are scheduled to maximize the effectiveness of the medication.
Myth: Children Outgrow Asthma
Nobody really outgrows asthma. Asthma is a condition that appears when people engage in activities that may cause the disease to flare up, such as exercise and certain foods. Usually, as a person grows, their bodies are better able to handle these situations decreasing the amount of flare up the person has. However, asthma is still present and may reappear later in life due to old age or certain illnesses.
While there is a lot of myths revolving asthma, one thing remains clear – it is manageable. It is imperative to keep your doctor informed and attend regular visits to ensure the disease is managed properly. If you, or a loved one, is suffering from asthma and you have any questions about managing the condition, the experienced physicians at Intercoastal Medical Group are here to help! To schedule your appointment today, click here!