Myth vs. Fact
Myth: Many people think that asthma comes and goes.
Fact: False. Asthma affects the patient at all times. The airways may be inflamed but may not always trigger the person to negatively react.
Myth: If you have asthma you cannot play sports, ever.
Fact: Absolutely false. There have been numerous people who have played even with asthma and succeeded. Isaiah Thomas is one example. He is able to succeed because he has learned the ways to get around the problem; he has figured out a great course of action to work with his asthma.
Myth: Asthma is not life threatening.
Fact: False. Asthma kills thousands every year.
Myth: Smoking can't trigger asthma
Fact: False. Smoking is a commonly known cause that stirs up asthma and allergies.
Q & A
Q: Can asthma be cured?
A: At present, there is no cure. However, with proper treatment the effects can be controlled.
Q: Does asthma ever go away?
A: Not completely, however as some people age, they gradually have less and less asthma attacks. In addition, it is possible to avoid things that provoke asthma. With that said, this can require immense adjustment's one's lifestyle, and can take time to achieve.
Q: How can I tell if my asthma is getting worse?
A: There are many major signs, such as:
- development of symptoms that are observed on a nightly basis, while there were none or very few prior
- a significant drop in peak flow meter readings
- needing to use a bronchodilator more often
If you believe that your asthma is worsening, we recommend that you contact a physician immediately.