Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Asthma Common Myths

Common myths about asthma include:

Belief: Asthma can be cured.
Reality: There is no cure for asthma, but treatment can help control the symptoms.

Belief: Inhaled asthma medications are dangerous.
Reality: Inhaled asthma medications are very safe and effective.

Belief: Alternative medications and herbs are as effective as prescribed medications.
Reality: Alternative medicines should never be used to treat asthma. Only prescribed medications are proven to be effective.

Belief: Chiropractors can treat asthma effectively.
Reality: Asthma is not caused by problems with the spine. Chiropractic treatment has no proven benefit in the treatment of asthma.

Belief: People whose asthma is caused by a pet allergy are reacting to the animal hair.
Reality: Protein in the skin (dander), saliva, or urine triggers asthma in those who have pet allergies.

Belief: If you expose yourself to your pet more often, your body will adjust and your asthma symptoms will improve.
Reality: This is not true. The only way to improve your asthma symptoms is to remove the pet from your home.

Belief: Children will outgrow asthma.
Reality: Although some children experience improvement when they enter adolescence, symptoms return as an adult.

Belief: Moving to the Southwest will cure asthma that is caused by allergies.
Reality: Although some people with allergies experience improvement following the move, most of these people develop allergies to substances in the Southwest.

Belief: Smoking does not trigger asthma attacks.
Reality: Smoking triggers asthma and makes asthma worse.

Continue to Asthma Trigger Factors

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Asthma References
  1. Chipps BE. Determinants of asthma and its clinical course. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2004 Oct;93(4):309-15. [15521365]
  2. de Marco R, Locatelli F, Cazzoletti L, Bugiani M, Carosso A, Marinoni A.. Incidence of asthma and mortality in a cohort of young adults: a 7-year prospective study. Respir Res. 2005 Aug 16;6(1):95. [16105170]
  3. Keeley D, McKean M. Asthma and other wheezing disorders of childhood. Clin Evid. 2003 Jun;(9):287-317. [15366138]
  4. Neidell MJ. Air pollution, health, and socio-economic status: the effect of outdoor air quality on childhood asthma. J Health Econ. 2004 Nov;23(6):1209-36. [15556243]
  5. Rees J. ABC of asthma. Prevalence. BMJ. 2005 Aug 20;331(7514):443-5. [16110074]
  6. Vallance G, Thomson NC. Asthma: ten myths debunked. Practitioner. 2004 Nov;248(1664):844-7. [15543882]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.