Friday, March 9, 2012


Most of us can’t wait for spring.  We’re tired of scraping windshields and bundling up in coats and boots. The warmer weather, blooming flowers and chance to spend time outside are welcome changes.

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For some suffering with asthma, spring can cause breathing troubles and dangerous asthma attacks.

With more than 300 million people suffering from asthma worldwide, it’s important that we all know the facts.

Myth: Asthma is a psychosomatic disease.

Fact: Asthma is a genetic disease that results in the inflammation of bronchial tubes. While some people’s asthma may be triggered by stress, that is not the cause of the illness. Interaction with pollen, smoke, or perfumes is just as likely to trigger asthma.

Myth: If I don’t feel my symptoms, my asthma is gone.

Fact: Asthma is a chronic, long-term disease. It cannot be cured or outgrown. Even if your symptoms subside, you should continue to take your prescribed medication.

Myth: Asthma is not serious.

Fact: For most asthmatics, asthma is not serious. However, without proper treatment, asthma can be life threatening. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma accounts for one-quarter of emergency room visits each year and is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization for children.

Myth: Children with asthma should not exercise or play sports.

Fact: All kids need exercise! Certain athletic activities may be better for children with asthma, but with the proper medication and care, all asthmatics should be able to participate in sports and exercise.

When kids with asthma exercise or play sports, extra precautions should be taken. Make sure medication has been taken before starting the activity, and have a plan in place in case of an asthma attack.

Think you could have asthma? Take this test to see if you are at risk.

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