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5 myths about asthma

There are lots of things said and believed about asthma that aren't really true.
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1. You can grow out of asthma
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Not true– Asthma is a long term condition.

In children, it sometimes goes away or improves during the teenage years, but can come back later in life.

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2. Asthma will stop me from exercising
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Not true– There is no reason why people who have asthma can’t do the same things as their friends or live a normal, active life.

In fact, staying active is good for people with asthma. Exercise builds up lung strength and boosts the immune system.

Some people will experience symptoms during exercise. It’s important that your individual asthma action plan is followed if this is the case.

If your asthma is stopping you from doing normal activities, it’s advised that you arrange an asthma review with your GP.

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3. I don't need to take my medication when I am feeling well
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Not true– It’s important that you take your medication as prescribed, even if you are feeling well and are not experiencing any symptoms.

If you stop taking your medication, your asthma symptoms may come back. The medication in the inhaler will be working to help control your symptoms.

It’s important that you have regular medication reviews to ensure that you are taking the most appropriate medication to meet your needs.

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4. People will judge me if I use my inhaler in public
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Not true– Many people are reluctant take their inhalers in public as they are concerned about what other people may think of them or they are embarrassed.

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK with a diagnosis of asthma, including many famous athletes and other celebrities, so you are definitely not alone!

Taking your inhaler is important, especially if you are experiencing symptoms. By avoiding doing this, you could be at risk of further problems, including an asthma attack

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5. Asthma is a made-up condition
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Not true– Asthma is a condition which affects the airways.

Asthma is a result of the body’s immune system reacting to a trigger. This could be dust, pollen or a viral illness.

There are many different triggers and people react to these differently. It’s important to remember that asthma is a serious condition and can be life threatening.

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