Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month?
Spring is in the air, and as temperatures rise, an asthmatic’s symptoms reach their peak.
This is a perfect time to review some key points about asthma. With May quickly approaching, let’s have a refresher of some Frequently Asked Questions asked by asthmatics and their loved ones.
Question: Should I only take my controller medication if I’m having an attack?
Answer: No, controller medications are used to treat the underlying issue and not an attack. They do not immediately relieve symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, or chest tightness.
Question: Can I exercise and play sports even if I have asthma?
Answer: Yes, exercise is possible with asthma, but consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program or sport.
Question: Can I become addicted to my controller medication?
Answer: No, asthma medications are not considered addictive. With that said, it is important to understand them and to use them properly.
Question: Is it okay if I’m around smoke as long as I am outdoors?
Answer: No, secondhand smoke should always be avoided if you are an asthma sufferer because tobacco smoke is among the most common of asthma triggers.
Question: Does my controller medication stop working the longer I use it?
Answer: No, these medications are designed to work for the long haul and should be taken daily until your doctor suggests otherwise.
Question: Is it normal to use my rescue inhaler at least once per day?
Answer: No, this inhaler is not meant to be used every day, only in the instance of an asthma attack.
Question: Will using inhaled steroids/controller medication stunt my growth?
Answer: No, asthma drugs do not stunt growth, although one recent study did report a temporary stunt in childhood that disappears by adulthood.
To celebrate Asthma Awareness Month, the Triangle Asthma Coalition would like to make you aware of two upcoming events:
- 2017 Asthma Fair, May 6th, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Raleigh, NC – Held at the Andrews Center at Wake Med and hosted by the Triangle Asthma Coalition, this educational event provides patients and their families with information about taking control of their asthma.
- 2017 Asthma Summit, May 24th, 8 AM to 4:15 PM, Burlington, NC – Held at St. Mark’s Church and hosted by the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina, the summit’s target audience includes nurses, respiratory therapists, registered environmental health specialists, and health educators.
Happy Asthma Awareness Month to all!