Asthma control: facts and myths

There are many misconceptions about asthma control. Find out whether some popular beliefs about asthma are facts or myths.

Fact or myth? It's normal to visit the emergency department once or twice a year when you have asthma.

This is a myth. Ending up in the emergency department because of your asthma symptoms is not a normal part of having asthma – it's a sign that something is wrong. There are treatments available that can help you manage increased symptoms and worsening asthma. Talk to your doctor about whether you're receiving the best possible treatment for your asthma, and learn what you can do to prevent emergency department visits.

Fact or myth? Poorly controlled asthma can cause people to change their activities.

This is a fact. People with poorly controlled asthma often face limitations in their everyday activit ies due to their symptoms. If your asthma is getting in the way of your active lifestyle, or if you don't know whether your asthma is under control, talk to your doctor. There are treatments available than can help get your asthma under control and also help you manage periods where your asthma gets worse.

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