Common Myths And Facts About Asthma

Asthma is a widespread non-communicable respiratory disorder that impacts millions of people globally and can develop at any age, although it commonly starts during childhood. Many individuals with asthma often overlook their condition when symptoms are absent, leading them to discontinue their prescribed maintenance inhalers. This neglect can exacerbate the condition, necessitating increased medication to manage symptoms. According to, which is one of the digital assets of India Dotcom Digital Private Limited, interestingly highlighted one significant factor contributing to this delay in seeking medical attention is the prevalence of misconceptions surrounding asthma, which the site has actively worked to debunk.

Here are some of the common myths and facts about Asthma mentioned by to spread increased awareness on the same.

  1. Myth: Asthma is contagious. Fact: Asthma is not contagious. It’s not an infection, it’s a chronic condition,
  2. Myth: People with asthma should avoid exercise. Fact: Regular exercise is beneficial for asthmatics. Consult your doctor for safe activities.
  3. Myth: Asthma medications are addictive. Fact: Inhalers are safe and not addictive. They help manage symptoms effectively.
  4. Myth: Asthma is curable Fact: There is no cure for asthma. Symptoms can be controlled by the use of regular medications
  5. Myth: Nobody dies from asthma Fact: Unfortunately, asthma can kill.
  6. Myth: Asthma is a psychological condition Fact: This is not true. Asthma is caused by lung problems and the immune system’s overreaction to environmental triggers.
  7. Myth: Inhalers have steroid which is harmful to health. Fact: No. We do agree that asthma inhalers contain steroids, which are agents that can reduce inflammation effectively. The amount of steroids in these inhalers is low. Hence, they are safe to use.

Early detection of asthma is vital for effective management. Dr. Manu Mohan K, Professor and Head, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, also emphasized the importance of vigilance by parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals in recognizing early signs of asthma such as frequent coughing at night and shortness of breath during physical activities. Identifying these symptoms early on can lead to timely intervention and management.

Regular check-ups are crucial in monitoring the condition’s progression and adjusting treatments as necessary. Inhalers are commonly used to control symptoms, and it is essential to know and avoid asthma triggers to prevent exacerbations. Dr. Manu advises maintaining a smoke-free home environment and avoiding tobacco smoke to reduce allergen exposure that can aggravate asthma.

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