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World Asthma Day

3rd May 2022

Today marks World Asthma Day! This year’s World Asthma Day theme is “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”. The theme provides a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma that prevent persons with asthma from enjoying optimal benefit from the major advances in the management of this condition.

❗️Common misconceptions surrounding asthma include:
1. Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.

2. Asthma is infectious.

3. Asthma sufferers should not exercise.

4. Asthma is only controllable with high dose steroids.

✅The Truth is:
1. Asthma can occur at any age (in children, adolescents, adults and elderly)

2. Asthma is not infectious. However, viral respiratory infections (such as common cold and the flu) can cause asthma attacks. Or In children, asthma is frequently associated with allergy, but asthma which starts in adulthood is less often allergic.

3. When asthma is well controlled, asthma subjects are able to exercise and even perform top sport.

4. Asthma is most often controllable with low dose inhaled steroids.