One grows out from childhood asthma.
As the child grows the severity of the symptoms and the frequency of the attack may vary or improve over time if one is complaint with their treatment. But Asthma doesn’t go away. It can be triggered leading to mild to severe attack in adult life.
Use inhalers only when there is acute attack.
Asthma is a chronic illness, which means its treatment is long term. There are different types of inhalers, rescue inhaler which is used during acute attack but others are maintenance inhalers which are required to be continue, even if there are not symptoms.
Once inhalers are prescribed, you become dependent on inhalers.
One doesn’t become dependent on inhalers, but if the asthma is not controlled and readjustment is required in your regimen. If you develop sign and symptoms despite of taking inhalers, you need to visit your pulmonologist for assessment of your condition.
Asthma medicines lose their potency and efficacy with time.
Medicines are only non-efficacious if they are taken in wrong doses and if the techniques of the inhalers is incorrect. Dosage, frequency an duration of medications are decided by the pulmonologist according to the severity of Asthma.
Asthma never cause permanent damage to the airways and lungs.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory illness of the airways, which means without or with in adequate treatment the inner lining of your airways will undergo permanent remodeling leading to permanent narrowing of your airways.
Asthmatic patient should never exercise.
People suffering from Asthma are encouraged to live a regular life styles with exercise as a part of their routine life. Exercise can be a trigger in some patients, take advice from a pulmonologist and be active as much as it’s tolerated.
If you don’t have wheeze, you don’t have Asthma.
Wheezing is heard through stethoscope and in case of every severe cases it’s audible without using a stethoscope. Wheeze is one of the most commonest and suggestive symptom for asthma. But there are different forms of Asthma in which wheezing is not a feature. It’s advisable to visit a pulmonologist if you are suffering from any chest relate symptoms and let the expert be the one to make a diagnosis.
Asthmatic patients cannot take milk.
No scientific proof have been established that drinking milk increases mucous production in Asthmatic patient which leads to development of acute attack. Unless someone has been diagnosed with allergic to milk or milk related products, patient s with asthma can consume milk.
Asthmatic patient cannot get vaccinated for Flu, Pneumonia or Covid-19.
Asthmatic patients are more prone for infections and even mild infection like common cold can triggers acute attack. Hence it is very important for asthmatic patient to keep them self-protected and get vaccination for Flu, pneumonia and Covid-19.