Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness month? With spring in the air it is a perfect time to test your knowledge and learn more about asthma symptoms and triggers. Check out these seven asthma myths.
Myth: All Asthma is the same
There are several types of asthma but here are the most common ones. Allergic asthma is most commonly associated with grass, mold, and dust. In cough-variant asthma the number one symptom is coughing. This commonly flairs when there is dust, cold air or a strong smell. Exercise-induced asthma is when you have a hard time catching your breath during intensive physical activity. The effects can last five to twenty minutes after working out.
Myth: People with Asthma Should Not Exercise
Physical activity is beneficial to everyone, including those with asthma. Exercise can be easier for people with asthma when it is done in places of high humidity as this helps open the airways.
Read some tips about Exercising with Asthma
Myth: Pets cause Asthma
For some people, asthma is triggered by pet allergens. The protein found in pets’ saliva, skin flakes, urine, and feces can also cause allergic reactions. Surprisingly the fur of an animal is not always an asthma trigger. Animals with fur can also be a carrier of other triggers such as dust and other allergens.
Read more about how Puppies Can Reduce A Child’s Risk for Asthma
Myth: Don’t Worry about Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke and smoke in general is not good for anyone’s health. Exposure to smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Smoke irritates airways and causes them to swell and narrow. Irritated airways can more easily fill with mucus making breathing more difficult.
Myth: You can Outgrow Asthma
People who have asthma when they are very young may outgrow their symptoms as their lungs develop. However, in many cases, symptoms can reoccur in adulthood following exposure to smoke or respiratory viruses.
Myth: Asthma is Contagious
Asthma is not contagious but it can run in your family. The Centers for Disease Control report that three-fifths of all asthma cases are hereditary. If one of your parents have asthma you are three to six times more likely to develop it yourself.
Myth: Asthma has a Cure
There is no cure for asthma but with the right tools and knowledge, your asthma can be managed so you can live a healthy life.
So how did you do on the quiz? See the additional links below to expand your asthma knowledge. Why not share this post with friends and family who need to learn more about this chronic disease.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Asthma Facts and Figures
Asthma Facts and Figures
Social Media – Asthma and Allergy Awareness Campaigns
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Campaigns