Common Misconceptions about Asthma

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Published on May 06, 2021

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. It is chronic and affects millions of people of all ages across the world. The population of people with clinical asthma in Nigeria is approximately 13 million with tendencies to rank the highest in Africa. Places like Lagos records the highest concentration of clinical asthma as compared to Ilorin with the lowest prevalence.

Symptoms associated with Asthma include episodes of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Depending on the person, the frequency of occurrence ranges from a few times per day to a few times per week.

Many misconceptions are surrounding Asthma. In line with the World Asthma Day theme; “Uncovering Asthma Misconception”, here are some common misconception or myth surrounding the disease:

Myth 1: People with asthma can’t participate in sports or exercise;

Certain sports like deep-sea diving, sporting activities during extremely cold times are not generally recommended for asthmatic patients. Except in conditions stated above, patients can participate in regular sports or exercise. A study conducted in 2015 by the BMJ Open Respiratory Research found out that patients who actively performed advised physical activities in moderation were able to control their asthma as compared to inactive patients.

Myth 2: Most people outgrow asthma;

Asthma does not go away as it is a chronic disease. Symptoms and frequency of episodes might reduce over time. Asthma is common among children but also present in adults. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that almost 54% of children experience one or more episodes per year as compared with 43% of adults.

Myth 3: Asthma is contagious;

There are no studies or research to suggest asthmas as being contagious. Asthma is a non-microbial inflammatory condition. It only affects patients with the disease.

Myth 4: Asthma is caused by environmental factors;

Environmental pollution plays an active role in how asthmatic patients are being affected. Asthma is a genetic disease. A father or mother who has the disease can pass it on to their child. The child has a below 50% chance of inheriting it. 

Myth 5: Asthmatic people experience the same symptoms;

Symptoms vary from person to person. A patient might have multiple symptoms like coughing, chest tightness, another might exhibit just coughing. Some even have all symptoms associated with asthma.


There are a lot of misconceptions in circulation about asthma. Asthma is a common disease and as such, the wrong way of living or stigmatization affects an asthmatic patient.

Right information leads to the right living. When in doubt or in need of more information, talk to a health provider or reach out to Surjen’s in-house doctors.


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