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Asthma Myths and Misconceptions

There are so many asthma myths and misconceptions. Please comment in the forum and let me know what are some asthma myths you hear ALL the time and get frustrated about!

  1. It's very frustrating to hear "you're not wheezing, so it's not asthma" or something similar. Actually, many people with asthma can experience a flare without wheezing. Conversely, a person may have a wheeze and not have asthma. It takes an astute healthcare provider to make the right determination.

    1. Davidmatherne33 - The tight chest and no breath is certainly enough to give anyone anxiety! Hopefully once you've taken any rescue medications that you have you feel better and calmer. I know that's the case with me.

      Best,
      Lyn (site moderator)

    2. Hi Davidmatherne3, and thanks for your post from yesterday about a 'tight chest' and 'no wheezing'. I see my colleague, Lyn, provided an excellent response. I do hope you had a chance to review it for yourself.

      I was wondering how you are feeling today? Were you able to get past this episode? How were you able to manage?

      Please do let us hear back from you when you are able to and have the time.

      Wishing you well,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Lyn's comment. In fact, we have a very pertinent article posted here on asthma.net that speaks to this issue at length. You can access it here: https://asthma.net/living/not-asthmatics-wheeze-not-wheezing-asthma/.
    Hope it's helpful for those who haven't read it as yet.
    Leon (site moderator)

    1. It's often heard that if you have asthma as a child, you will certainly outgrow it. This is clearly not true. Although asthma symptoms may dissipate as one gets older, hypersensitivity of the airways can generally follow one throughout one's life. As one gets older, since the airways and lungs grow larger, the sensitivity may decrease too. However, over time, 'adult onset' asthma can usually be traced back to childhood symptoms.
      Leon (site moderator)

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