Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

1. Asthma is a childhood condition.

Asthma can occur in any person at any age.

2. Children outgrow asthma.

There are 24.6 million people diagnosed with asthma in the U.S. – 7.1 million of these are children under the age of 18. Asthma can go into spontaneous periods of remission or may be so well controlled that symptoms are not experienced for long periods. However, once you have asthma, you always have asthma.

3. Asthma is “all in your head.

Asthma is a disease of the lungs. Symptoms may worsen when emotions such as laughing, crying, or anger cause a person to breathe more rapidly. These emotions and long-term stress can cause the release of chemicals and cells in the body that irritate the airways which can also trigger asthma symptoms.

4. Moving to Arizona (or some other place) will make my asthma and allergies better.

There is no escaping your genetic tendency toward asthma or allergies, but you may be able to escape certain triggers such as cold air, hot and humid air, or air pollution by moving to another climate. Be careful, however, to leave as many allergens behind as possible and expect that you may develop new allergies in your new location as well.

5. Asthma deaths are rare.

Many people believe asthma does not kill. However, 9 people die of asthma every day. Most asthma deaths are preventable with proper diagnosis and treatment.

6. Asthma is not serious.

Anything that temporarily or permanently affects your ability to breathe is serious. Breathing is vital to life.  Asthma is a variable disease changing in and out of mild to moderate to severe and is always serious and can be life threatening. One-third of all children who die of asthma were diagnosed with a mild form of the disease.