Asthma is a lung disorder that causes inflammation in the airways, or bronchial tubes, making it difficult to breathe. This narrowing causes coughing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and wheezing. It’s estimated that asthma affects 26 million people in the United States. As a physician, I’ve noticed that for such a common disease, there seems to be a lot of misconceptions about the condition. From what you should do if you have asthma to who can get it, here are some of the biggest myths I’ve heard about the disorder and the actual facts.
Many of my patients, especially those who are pregnant for the first time, seem to have learned everything they know about labor and delivery from movies, TV and old wives’ tales. They often have a lot of preconceived notions about birth that aren’t true.
The reality is that every woman is different, and the range of “normal” is vast. When you’re pregnant, it seems people stand in line to give you free advice. But remember, free advice is usually worth what you pay for it!