Asthma is an extremely common condition in the United States—almost 25 million people in the U.S. have the disease. Even though asthma continues to be prevalent, some facts about asthma remain misunderstood. Here some myths about asthma that continue to persist:

Myth: People with asthma shouldn’t exercise

Exercising is just as important to people with asthma as it is to those without asthma. However, those with asthma will need to take precautions before exercising. Precautions may include using your inhaler prior to exercising, bringing your inhaler with you and monitoring air quality in your area before deciding to exercise outdoors. Talk to your doctor about the appropriate steps to take for your individual case.

Myth: You can outgrow your asthma

Some people may notice a decrease in symptoms as they go through adolescence, you don’t truly outgrow your asthma. Oftentimes, symptoms start to recur later on in life due to environmental or physical factors.

Myth: Inhaled steroids, which are used to treat asthma, are dangerous

First, these steroids are not the same as the anabolic steroids some athletes use, which can be dangerous.

The steroids used to treat asthma haven’t shown any proof of impacting children’s growth – they may slow growth, but all studies show that inhaled steroids will not have any impact on children’s final adult height. Studies also show that benefits of the proper dose of inhaled steroids outweigh the risks in most people.

Myth: Asthma isn’t serious

Asthma can be a life-threatening disease when not properly controlled. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, nine people die each day in the U.S. of an asthma attack.

Myth: Asthma is a childhood disease

Yes, asthma is more common in children, but asthma can still occur in adults. This is known as adult-onset asthma.

There are many other asthma myths out there, so feel free to let us know if you have any questions!